Ex-Pennsylvania Hospice Exec Accused Of Theft In Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Authorities say a former Pennsylvania hospice executive went from federal prison in West Virginia to jail in Louisiana, where she's accused of stealing $90,000 from an assisted living center.

Caddo Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says 50-year-old Mary Ann Stewart of Carrolltown, Pennsylvania, is in Caddo Parish jail on a felony theft charge, with bond set at $250,000.

Stewart was chief operating officer at a northwest Louisiana assisted living facility from February 2013 to March 2015. A sheriff's office news release says she's accused of requesting checks for false orders and for nonexistent employee training.

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Stewart pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud in 2016. Prosecutors said the case involved millions of dollars in fraudulent billings at a suburban Pittsburgh hospice where she was chief operating officer.

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