- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - The wife of a southwestern Illinois village trustee awaiting sentencing for defrauding Medicaid will take her husband’s place on the town board.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1dBGvB1) reports that Washington Park’s trustees signed off on Rosanda Suggs filling Darron Suggs‘ former seat.

Thirty-nine-year-old Darron Suggs resigned in November after pleading guilty to federal health care fraud. He admitted filing fraudulent Medicaid bills on behalf of two people receiving federal aid for home health care.

The federal government says the fraud netted Suggs nearly $65,000.

Suggs is to be sentenced in March.

Mayor Ann Rodgers says it’s honorable that Rosanda Suggs stepped in to fill the board vacancy. Rodgers says the new trustee “cares for the community” and “knows the lay of the land.”

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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