Sewickley woman pleads guilty to falsifying documents for special air mattresses

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A Sewickley woman who used forged and falsified documents to get doctors' approvals and insurers' payments for specialized air mattresses has pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud, U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office announced today.

Mary Monica Wilson-Lefler, 63, of Sewickley, faces sentencing Oct. 10 before U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak.

She was a saleswoman for two durable medical equipment companies and sold powered pressure-reducing mattresses, which are designed to reduce skin ulcers in bedridden patients. She falsely reported that patients had serious skin ulcers, when in reality they did not, according to the charges against her. She made false claims involving 83 patients, totaling around $400,000, of which insurers paid around $200,000, the prosecution said.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord. First Published June 18, 2014 12:00 AM

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