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Scammers hit new low targeting dying patients

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 Scammers are sinking to a new low, stealing from sick and dying patients looking for assistance with their medical bills.

 Authorities say Yvonne Cheatham embezzled thousands of dollars from people she was supposed to be helping. Cheatham was a patient financial counselor put in place to help patients. Instead she was stealing money intended for those in need and using her friends and family to help.

Instead of helping those in need, she submitted claims indicating her friends and family members were owed money from organization that helped the critical ill with their medical costs.

When investigators went over her bogus paperwork, they found the money intended for the needy was gone. Cheatham was convicted on several charges, including healthcare fraud and was sentenced to federal prison.
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