- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Georgia woman has been sentenced to serve five years and one month in federal prison for seeking reimbursements for care she never provided.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said in a news release Wednesday that Daphne Maria Patterson of Lithonia was charged with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say she stole identifying information from patients and their family members and used the information to file more than $2 million in claims from five health insurance companies.

Prosecutors say Patterson filed claims saying she had done various allergy tests and treatments she had not done.

Prosecutors say she initially did it while working as a nurse practitioner for a general medical practice in Lawrenceville. Later she opened her own clinic in Stone Mountain.

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