(KMOV) – The United States Attorney’s Office indicted a 62-year-old Des Peres woman on two felony counts of mail fraud and two felony counts of theft of mail. She was arrested early Tuesday.
Susan Hampe allegedly embezzled insurance payments that were meant for patients of the medical practice from May 2008 through May 2010. She was the office manager at Health Center in South County.
She allegedly forged the signature of a member of the medical practice on the checks and indicated the payee wished to sign the proceeds of the check over to her. She then deposited the checks into her accounts.
Additionally, the indictment alleges that Hampe created bogus claim applications in the name of the medical practice, submitted them to the insurance associated with an existing patient, and then signed the payment checks over to herself.
If convicted, Hampe will have to forfeit to the government all the embezzled money and property derived from the illegal activity.
Each count of mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. Theft of mail carries a maximum of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000 per count.