Ex-employee charged with fraud of $844,200 from Maple Grove business

A former employee of Edelweiss Home Health Care, 7014 E. Fish Lake Road in Maple Grove, has been charged with two counts of fraud in U.S. District Court. Charges were filed Jan. 9.

The first count was for wire fraud. The second count was for health care fraud. She is accused of, “knowingly and intentionally devised and executed a scheme to defraud Edelweiss Home Health Care.”

According to case information, Lori Jo Mueller, worked for Edelweiss Home Health Care from June 2002 to June 2012 as the vice president of operations. This position allowed Mueller the review and payment of corporate invoices, bookkeeping and other financial matters.

Beginning from 2006 to 2012 she embezzled $840,000 from accounts benefitting Edelweiss and diverted the funds to her own personal use.

The first count of charges state also that on May 25, 2012,  Mueller knowingly transmitted an electronic payment of $4,200 from Edelweiss’ business checking account to a credit card company for bill payment of a credit card in her name.

The charges of health card fraud stem from Mueller “knowingly and willfully executed a scheme to defraud Medica” from March 2010 to June 2012. She did so “by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses and promises in connection with the delivery of and payment for health care benefits and services.

During the two-year period of time, Mueller billed both Minnesota Medicaid and Medica for services provided to a male client. Her double-billing resulted in double-payment to Edelweiss on this client’s account.

This duplicate billing over the time period of March 2010 to June 2012, resulted in Medica suffering a total loss of $631,067.

Mueller’s two charges of fraud total $1,475,267 to Edelweiss and Medica.

She has been told to forfeit an property from the embezzled proceeds on both counts to the United States. Any of the forfeited property that is not available for forfeiture, the United States will seek forfeiture of substitute property.


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