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4 HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES ACCUSED OF INSURANCE FRAUD

Four employees of Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw were charged Tuesday with insurance fraud for filing about $10,000 worth of insurance claims for medical treatments that never took place.

The employees filed several phony medical claims since July, stating falsely that a doctor who practices at the hospital performed medical treatments, said Wyoming County Undersheriff Ronald Ely.

Neither the hospital nor the doctor was aware of the phony claims or was involved in any improper activity, Ely said.

He said the employees kept the proceeds.

Ellen Danieu, 50, of Warsaw was charged with forgery. She was charged in November with insurance fraud.

Charged Tuesday with insurance fraud were Theresa Hathaway, 29, of Gainseville; Joyce Carlson, 53, of Warsaw; Justine Hurleburt, 29, of Warsaw, and Beverly Humphrey, 52, of Warsaw.

The employees will be suspended from their jobs until the charges are resolved, said Paul Candino, administrator of the hospital.

"No hospital funds were involved and none of the hospital's internal controls were violated," Candino said.

He said the hospital could not have prevented the situation.

Ely said the investigation is continuing.

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