- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico residents are facing charges for allegedly defrauding an Arizona-based health care program of nearly $2 million.

Federal prosecutors say Cory Werito and Rosita Toledo of San Juan County were arrested Tuesday and made their initial court appearances in Farmington on charges outlined in a 10-count indictment.

It wasn’t clear if Werito and Toledo had attorneys.

The fraud charges stem from the defendants’ role in creating and operating a company that provided non-emergency medical transportation to Arizona Medicaid recipients.

Prosecutors allege that over two years the company collected more than $1.9 million in Medicaid reimbursements from an Arizona-based Medicaid agency.

They say the company submitted more than 18,000 claims for reimbursement, the majority of which were wholly or substantially false and fraudulent.

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