Tallahassee Fla. (WTXL) - The U.S. District Court in Tallahassee arraigned Melissa Moniz, also known as Melissa Taylor, 44, of Marianna today for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud.
Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida announced the indictment, which resulted from an investigation by the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.
Allegedly, Moniz falsified statements when applying for a position as the director of physician practices with the Jackson County Hospital.
According to an indictment, Moniz served as president of Billing and Collection Services and Billing and Collection Services, LLC (collectively BCS) between 2006 and 2014.
Charges allege that Moniz used her duties at Jackson County Hospital to acquire BCS for collection services, and that she personally benefited from $215,766.68 of payments from BCS to Jackson County Hospital. The interstate wire transmission occurred between 2012 and 2014 using JP Morgan, Regions Bank, and Capital City Bank.
Moniz's sister falsely represented herself to sign the contract between the two entities.
Assistant United States Attorney Stephen M. Kunz will prosecute the case. Trial begins March 13.