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HOUSTON – A Houston woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and Social Security fraud in relation to the submission of fraudulent claims to the American Kidney Fund, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson said.

On July 15, 2010, 36-year-old Simone Nicole Gary used the name and Social Security number of another person to obtain employment at Fresenius Medical Clinic in Houston as a financial coordinator. She assisted clients with their financial needs and verified insurance information as part of her duties.

While employed at FMC, Gary submitted fraudulent applications to AKF for grants to patients undergoing dialysis. As a result, AKF mailed grant checks payable to these patients to the attention of Gary at FMC in Houston. Gary took these checks, forged patient signatures and then deposited them into her bank account.

As a result of the scheme, AKF suffered a loss of $65,768.

Gary faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the mail fraud and up to five years for the Social Security fraud. Both convictions also carry as possible punishment a $250,000 fine. The court has also entered an order imposing a monetary judgment in the amount of $65,768.78.

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