A Duncan woman accused of participating in a scheme to cheat a hospital out of $2.8 million has been sentenced.
Danielle Nicole Burroughs, 35, was sentenced to serve 14 months in prison and was ordered to pay $2.8 million in restitution by U.S. Judge Mary Lewis, according to a news release by the office of U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
Burroughs’ co-conspirators were sentenced on May 15. Gary Lee Joiner, 56, was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.8 million in restitution. Timothy Weldon Arthur, 39, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $685,000 in restitution. Both men are from Columbia, according to the release.
Joiner worked for Columbia’s Moore Orthopedic Clinic as an orthopedic services director, but was demoted when the clinic merged with Providence Hospital. Angered by his demotion, he set up a fake medical company in 2010 that supposedly sold $800 leg booties for broken legs.
He then submitted phony invoices from his phony company to the Moore Clinic and to Providence, billing the two institutions from 2011-2015 for some $2.8 million worth of legal booties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Burroughs allegedly managed a bank account and post office box for the phony company. She was paid about $191,000 over five years for her role in the scheme. When Joiner retired in January 2015, Arthur continued submitting the fake invoices for a cut in the illegal proceeds, according to the release. He received $24,000 from the illegal scheme before it was discovered in June 2015.
Staff writer John Monk contributed to this story.