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Lauderdale Co. doctor pleads guilty to health care, wire fraud

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A Lauderdale County doctor pleaded guilty Wednesday to fraud totaling about $1 million in connection with billing a health insurer and Medicare for non-reimbursable skin treatments.

Diana McCutcheon, 55, pleaded guilty to four counts of health care fraud and two counts of wire fraud. She also agreed to forfeit $990,389 to the government as proceeds of illegal activity.

McCutcheon conducted the fraud through her medical clinics in Elgin and Lexington in North Alabama. She operated a scheme to defraud Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and Medicare between 2007 and 2011 by billing for the removal of multiple skin lesions on patients who had received laser and other treatments.

She could face a maximum of 80 years in prison. Her sentencing has been scheduled for March 11, 2013.

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