Ohio woman sentenced for defrauding Huntington medical provider

Updated 5 years ago From a Release by U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District of WV

Huntington, W. Va. - Teresa Lewis, 60, of South Point, Ohio, was sentenced yesterday to a year and a day in federal prison for defrauding the Huntington Retina Center, where she worked, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced. Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.

From 2012 to 2014, Lewis, working as a billing assistant at the Huntington Retina Center, used her position to gain access to credit cards in the name of the Center and one of its doctors. Lewis used the cards to make more than $52,000 in unauthorized personal purchases. She pleaded guilty in March 2015 to two felony counts of access device fraud.

The Huntington Retina Center provides medical care for vision disorders, eye injuries, and eye diseases. As part of her sentence, Lewis must repay $52,317 to the Center.

The case was prosecuted as part of U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s effort to combat employee theft from West Virginia small businesses. The United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation,  and the Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes handled the prosecution.