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Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Maple Grove Business, Medica

The woman reportedly took approximately $840,000 from Edelweiss Home Health Care, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

An Apple Valley woman pleaded guilty in federal court Feb. 4 to one count of wire fraud and one count of health care fraud in relation to an incident involving Maple Grove based-Edelweiss Home Health Care and Medica, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

Lori Jo Mueller, age 48, was charged on Jan. 9, 2013 and entered her plea United States District Court Feb. 4, according to the release.

“In her plea agreement, Mueller admitted that from June of 2006 through June of 2012, she embezzled approximately $840,000 from Edelweiss Home Health Care, using the funds for her personal use,” United States Attorney’s Office said. “Mueller admitted using her access to the corporate checking account to issue payments to herself. She also concealed her actions from the company owners and made misrepresentations concerning the company’s financial state.”

Mueller began working for Edelweiss in 2002 and later was promoted to the position of vice president of operations. The United States Attorney’s Office said she also “caused more than $631,000 in fraudulent proceeds to be paid by Medica.”

Sentencing will be determined at a future hearing.

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