Three charged with scamming $652K from organ donor network
By Luke Wilusz, Sun-Times Media Wire August 22, 2014 12:08PM
Updated: August 24, 2014 2:11AM
Three southwest suburban residents have been indicted on federal charges for defrauding more than $652,000 from an organ and tissue donor network, prosecutors said Friday.
Shari L. Hansen, 41, of Bolingbrook, was auditing coordinator of the donor network, which was not identified in the indictment, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. She was responsible for reviewing and approving invoices from physicians for organ and tissue procurement.
Hansen’s co-defendants, 37-year-old Eric V. Murff of Plainfield; and 43-year-old Debra A. Schultz of Lockport, each received proceeds from false invoices between March 2008 and April 2010, and shared the money with Hansen, prosecutors said.
According to the indictment, invoices submitted to the network claimed multiple organ or tissue procedures — which never actually occurred — were performed by Murff or a child of Schultz. Neither were licensed physicians, prosecutors said.
Hansen authorized payments for the invoices, and Murff and Schultz deposited the checks into various bank accounts, sharing some of the proceeds with Hansen, prosecutors said.
Hansen was charged with six counts of wire fraud, while Murff and Schultz were each charged with three counts of wire fraud, prosecutors said.
Wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The indictment is also seeking forfeiture of $652,298 in alleged proceeds from the fraud, prosecutors said.