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Mesa woman pleads guilty in $22M AHCCCS fraud scheme

An Arizona woman has pleaded guilty in an extensive wire fraud and money laundering scheme that defrauded the state’s Medicaid system of millions of dollars.

Federal prosecutors say Diana Marie Moore paid medical providers to bring AHCCCS patients to her facilities. They were held at her two behavioral health facilities in Arizona and then the state’s Medicaid system was billed for months of service that was never provided for each patient.

She also filed other fraudulent invoices for people who were dead or in prison at the time they were supposedly receiving counseling services.

The list of items eligible for forfeiture is extensive. Homes in Mesa and Las Vegas. Louis Vutton bags. Bulgari bracelets. Rolex watches. Sculptures, diamond rings, seven luxury cars, mostly Mercedes Benz and Cadillacs.

She faces a total of 30 years in prison. 

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.