WILKES-BARRE — A Pottsville man charged with Medicaid fraud and other related charges in a case in which investigators say he submitted false claims and used credit cards belonging to the Anthracite Region Center of Independent Living in Hazleton was sentenced Thursday to 18 to 36 months in county prison.
Marc R. Freligh, 34, of Fairview Street, was sentenced on two counts each of of Medicaid fraud and forgery and one count of access device fraud. Freligh, who pleaded guilty to the charges in April, was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky, Jr.
Freligh must pay more than $89,000 in restitution and have no contact with the Anthracite Region Center of Independent Living.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Albright. Freligh had chosen to represent himself rather than hire an attorney.
According to court papers, Freligh was employed at the center as a service coordinator from February 2008 to June 2011, receiving a gross pay of $101,605.
Freligh submitted false claims for work on home modifications for clients of the center when no work actually was done and altered three checks written out to workers who had done work, depositing the checks in his account, investigators said.
Freligh also used the center’s credit card for personal use and payment of a personal legal obligation, investigators said. Freligh used the card to purchase 15 tickets to see “Many Colors of Dolly: A tribute to Dolly Parton” and to pay court fines.