2011-05-19 / Local & State

Pa. Woman To Repay $1.8M To Fire Company

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania woman who admitted defrauding a fire company has been ordered to repay more than $1.8 million in misappropriated funds.

A federal judge also ordered 56-year-old Thea Tafner to spend 30 months in prison at Monday’s sentencing.

Tafner, admitted in she used her position as chairwoman at the American Hose and Chemical Fire Company in Mount Carmel to funnel $ 3.7 million in Medicare payments to a fraudulent account over a nine-year span. Authorities say she used $1.8 million of that money for personal expenses.

She was charged in December 2010 and pleaded guilty the following month to embezzlement of health care benefits.

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