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Colombian fugitive back in US jail in health fraud


MIAMI (AP) - A woman who fled to Colombia during the middle of a 2006 health care fraud trial in Miami is back in a U.S. jail.

Authorities said Thursday that 55-year-old Magda Luz Lavin was recently arrested in Colombia and extradited to the U.S. Even though she fled during the trial, a jury convicted her of 25 health care fraud and money laundering counts and she was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Now Luz Lavin is also facing a bond-jumping charge.

Trial evidence showed Luz Lavin used clinics in Key West and Miami to defraud Medicare out of some $5 million between 2000 and 2002. The fraud involved claims for dosages of drugs for HIV-positive patients that were either never administered or were given in much lower dosages than claimed.


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