LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former clinic manager is agreeing to plead guilty to a felony conspiracy charge to avoid trial in a federal health care fraud case stemming from a Las Vegas hepatitis C outbreak in 2007.
A plea agreement filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas calls for Tonya Rushing to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and pay $50,000 restitution plus a portion of $8.1 million in cash and property.
A plea date wasn't immediately set.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1sO497B) the 45-year-old Rushing could face 30 months in prison. Her defense attorneys are expected to seek a lesser sentence for her cooperation with federal prosecutors.
Trial for former physician and clinic owner Dipak Desai (DEE'-pahk deh-SEYE') is scheduled to begin Aug. 8.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com