A 42-year-old Lynn woman has been sentenced to one to two years in state prison for stealing more than $490,000 from MassHealth, the state program that provides health care to low- and medium-income people, officials said today.
Marilyn Beltran pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of presentation of false claims and larceny over $250, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said in a statement.
Beltran will serve one to two years in state prison followed by three years of probation under the condition that she be barred from working as a fiduciary or recordkeeper, Coakley’s office said.
Prosecutors say Beltran took advantage of a MassHealth benefit that provides reimbursement to members for transportation costs to medical appointments.
Beltran worked at Maximus, a private company that administered the benefits. Instead of sending reimbursements to eligible MassHealth members, she sent them to herself and to her family members.
“This defendant stole nearly half a million dollars in travel reimbursements from a program that is intended to help those most in need,” Coakley said in the statement. “She exploited her position to commit this crime and will now serve time in prison for stealing taxpayer dollars and undermining the integrity of this system.”
The scheme lasted from October 2003 to July 2012, Coakley’s office said.
Fraudulent checks were either deposited into Beltran’s bank account or cashed by her relatives, Coakley’s office said.
Eliu Mato, who is in a romantic relationship with Beltran, also allegedly participated in the scheme, cashing fraudulent checks. Mato, 44, of Lynn, was indicted on the same charges and is due back in court Jan. 14 for a pretrial conference, Coakley’s office said.