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The rising cost of healthcare fraud

Vegas Inc., April 16, 2013

As insurance fraud prosecutions go, this one was a textbook case. Thirty-one-year-old Las Vegas resident Shanita Flax pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft in August 2012 for a scheme in which she received money from women undergoing cosmetic breast implant procedures but ordered their implants as though they were part of breast cancer treatments. Flax, a civilian contractor at O'Callaghan Federal Hospital at Nellis Air Force Base, pocketed the cash she collected from the women, then billed Air Force insurers for the implant