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Va. woman pleads guilty to defrauding group that helps ailing children

A Richmond woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a state-run program that helps children with birth-related neurological injuries.

Iris Allen faces two to 12 years in prison when she is sentenced May 14 in federal court. She pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors dropped 27 other counts and the 44-year-old Allen agreed to repay the nearly $800,000 she admitted taking from the Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Fund.

Allen was a benefits manager for the fund for more than four years. Prosecutors said she submitted false invoices for payments to companies she created.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 8, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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First of all she could not have gotten away with this fraud for 4 years without
complicity of others at the non profit.

that is a no brainer

what checks and balances do these non profits have? they are stealing the public's money and we are sick of it.

no more excuses for not have checks and balances in place to monitor these funds.

I want the hear form the Corporations dept of the state of VA as to what they know.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | February 9, 2010 4:10 AM | Report abuse

The BIF is administered by the Workers Compensation Commission, a state agency.

The article would suggest that the agency is an independent non-profit, which it is not.

State oversight applies from level one.

Posted by: adjjones | February 9, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Where were the State auditors during those four years while she was robbing the agency blind? I hope she receives the full 12 years for stealing from sick children!

Posted by: fstrimper | February 9, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Give her the Full Monty...12 years in the slammer. McDonnell, here's a dooable no-brainer - root out the others complicit in the fraud and let them do the perp walk; and find someone else to head the watch dog state agency.

Posted by: SUBLIMEWOODY | February 9, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Holy Cr@p what a scumbag! Yet despite this horrible crime, the headlines are reserved for the banning of the word "retard" because it was properly applied; highly educated people who do unexplainable stupid acts, oh wait, I guess the above does apply to this principle after all. My mistake.I apologize.

Posted by: bproulx45 | February 9, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

This lady gets prison time, as appropriate, yet the AIG execs who stole much more get bonuses. Go figure.

Posted by: 123cartoon | February 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh morality, where art thou?

Posted by: oo7 | February 9, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

There's a photo of Iris Allen in today's Richmond Times-Dispatch. No surprise.

Posted by: checkered1 | February 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh checkered1, how bigoted could you be!

Posted by: abiredu | February 9, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

...wondering how long it will take society to realize that this was, in fact, something only a man would do...

Get ready - feminazis will make that claim.

I'm surprised it's been reported at all.

Woman hurts children, oh my!

You're evidently not all that you claim to be, ladies.

Yes, some of you are criminals.

Posted by: pgibson1 | February 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

she just had to have that new Mercedes S500....

Posted by: demtse | February 9, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"she pleaded guilty" so, she might only serve the minimun 2 years sentence.

Posted by: SISP | February 9, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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