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Former village trustee admits health care fraud

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois village's former trustee faces up to a decade in federal prison now that he's pleaded guilty to committing health care fraud.

Thirty-nine-year-old Darron Suggs pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.

Suggs admitted he filed fraudulent Medicaid bills on behalf of two people receiving federal aid for home health care. He falsely claimed he acted as their personal health care assistant for seven years beginning in 2006.

The federal government says the fraud netted Suggs nearly $65,000.

Suggs was a Washington Park trustee who also served as a St. Clair County probation officer but left that job in July.

Suggs also faces up to $250,000 in fines when sentenced March 14.

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