A Republican state representative from Missouri resigned days after being found guilty of 22 federal charges, the majority of those offenses related to a $900,000 COVID-19 fraud scheme operated by medical clinics and an organization in nonprofit at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
State Representative Tricia Derges resigned her seat representing Christian County (District 140) in the Missouri House of Representatives on Friday, KOLR reported.
Her resignation came four days after she was convicted on June 28 by a federal trial jury of what prosecutors described as a nearly $900,000 COVID-19 fraud scheme, as well as a scheme separate $200,000 fraud in which she made false statements regarding a fake stem cell. treatment marketed at his southern Missouri clinics and for illegally supplying prescription drugs to clients of those clinics.
The 64-year-old man from Nixa, Mo., was convicted of 10 counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of distributing drugs over the internet without a valid prescription and two counts of forgery statements to a federal law enforcement officer, the Justice Department announced earlier last week.
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“It’s about an elected official who stole money from the public, an alleged humanitarian who deceived and lied to her patients, and a medical professional who illegally distributed drugs,” U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore said in a statement on Tuesday. “She violated her position of trust to selfishly enrich herself at the expense of others. But a jury of her peers, in a unanimous verdict, saw through her smokescreen of excuses and ridiculous claims, and now she will be held accountable for her criminal behavior.”
Despite her biography on the Missouri House of Representatives saying she is “a physician and an entrepreneur,” the DOJ pointed out that Derges “is not a physician but is licensed as a physician assistant.”