April 15, 2024
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Photograph by Chris Stone

A former U.S. Navy physician who took half in a scheme to file false medical claims to a army insurance coverage program in trade for unearned advantages was sentenced Friday.

Michael Villarroel was sentenced to a 12 months and a day in federal jail.

Christopher Toups, a former U.S. Navy chief petty officer who prosecutors stated orchestrated the scheme, was sentenced final October to 30 months in jail. Toups’ ex-wife, Kelene Meyer, was a nurse who falsified medical information to bolster the claims of pretend accidents. She was sentenced to at least one 12 months and a day in jail.

The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace stated a number of co-defendants had been additionally stationed domestically as a part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Assist Unit One in Coronado.

Prosecutors say Villarroel and his co-defendants bilked the Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance coverage Program out of round $2 million by submitting fraudulent claims for faked or exaggerated accidents or disabilities.

Villarroel acquired kickbacks in trade for falsely stating that he decided servicemembers had authentic accidents and supplied medical information to be used within the fabricated claims, in response to the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.