Sentencing set for ex-Missouri lawmaker in medical fraud case

JEFFERSON CITY — A federal judge has set a February sentencing date for a former state lawmaker convicted of conducting fraud at medical clinics in southwest Missouri.

U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes set Feb. 28 to determine how long Patricia Derges will spend in prison for her role in the scheme, which included false claims that she was giving patients stem cell treatments.

Derges could face up to 20 years in federal prison without parole on each of the 10 wire fraud counts and on each of the 10 drug distribution counts, and a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole on each of the two false statements counts.

Wimes, however, has discretion on the length of time based on sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

After a two-week trial in June, Derges was convicted of 22 counts including wire fraud, illegal distribution of controlled substances and making false statements to investigators.

Source: Sentencing set for ex-Missouri lawmaker in medical fraud case / St. Louis Post-Despatch

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