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Mon Mar 29, 2021, 06:52 AM

Missouri Rep. Derges indictment grows to include alleged $900K COVID fraud scheme

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Tricia Derges fraudulently sought and obtained about $300,000 for coronavirus tests already paid for by clients at a for-profit clinic, authorities said in a new indictment unsealed Friday. Derges, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in February for an alleged wire fraud scheme and illegally providing prescription drugs, ultimately sought nearly $900,000 in CARES Act funding, investigators said.

Derges has pleaded not guilty to all of the 23 counts, including the newly unsealed ones, her attorney said.

Derges, 63, allegedly received $296,574 in CARES Act funds in December 2020 after submitting a fraudulent application to Greene County. The application sought reimbursement for more than 3,000 tests provided by her nonprofit Lift Up Someone Today, Inc. However, investigators said the tests were actually done by her for-profit Ozark Valley Medical Center which she had already received payment from clients for.

Lift Up and the Ozark Valley Medical Center are separate entities. After receiving nearly $300,000 from Greene County, Derges transferred the money to the Ozark Valley Medical Center’s account, investigators said.

Read more: https://themissouritimes.com/missouri-rep-derges-indictment-grows-to-include-900k-covid-fraud-scheme-feds-say/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 07:13 AM

1. Lift Up Someone Today

Irony like disco, lives forever.


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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 08:14 AM

3. Am thinking that

The “someone” she had in mind was herself

Greene County is truly a mentally blighted area.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 07:15 AM

2. Had to read about 2,000 words before the paper ID'd her as a Retrumplican

That darn liberal media.

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