PHILADELPHIA—Darwin D. Dieter, 53, of Kempton, Pennsylvania, was charged in an indictment unsealed Friday in connection with a health care fraud scheme, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the indictment, Dieter, a former employee of a direct mail company located in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, stole over $500,000 in checks that were issued by his insurance company for payment of his wife’s dialysis treatments and retained the proceeds of the checks instead of paying for the dialysis treatments. It is further alleged that Dieter laundered the proceeds of the checks. The indictment charges that Dieter stole these funds and laundered the proceeds between December 2010 and July 2011. Dieter was arrested today by the FBI.
Dieter is charged with nine counts of theft from health care benefit programs and three counts of money laundering.
If convicted, Dieter faces a maximum possible sentence of 120 years’ imprisonment, a $2.75 million fine, and a $1,200 special assessment, along with restitution and forfeiture.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary E. Crawley.