When a loved one’s health is hanging in the balance, one might think that a husband would do anything in his power to help his wife. One might think that, but in the case of a man who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing more than $530,000 in health insurance payments, he used that money on things like cars and a skid loader instead of paying for his wife’s kidney dialysis.
The Morning Call says the 53-year-old man is headed to jail for 18 months and must pay back the $532,000 or so in health insurance payments he stole from a health care benefit program.
Authorities says he simply swiped the checks issued by his insurance company in 2010 and 2011, instead of funding his wife’s thrice-weekly dialysis treatments. She passed away in 2011.
Instead of using that dough to pay for his wife’s medical care, investigators say he splashed out on a truck for $33,000; a skid loader that costs upwards of $38,000 and a 1970 Ford Mustang at $19,000. Clearly, all necessities.
He pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft from health care benefits program and three counts of money laundering. There’s no such thing as free money, people.
Man sentenced for stealing money meant to pay for his wife’s dialysis [The Morning Call]