HARTFORD, Conn. – An investment accountant at United Nations FCU was sentenced to five months in prison for stealing more than $87,000 from the credit union by filing false medical claims.

The credit union self-insures its employees, but uses Connecticut-based Aetna to administer its insurance claims. Between 2009 and 2011, Halina Mielczarek, 47, of Queens, N.Y., submitted 157 medical claims, according to federal prosecutors.

Of those, 145 of those claims were fictitious, and she received approximately $87,000 for medical expenses that she and her family members never occurred. When asked to provide documentation justifying her claims, Mielczarek altered checks and other documents used to make other non-medical payments and submitted the fraudulent records to Aetna.

Mielczarek pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of stolen property and was also ordered to pay $87,000 in restitution.


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