St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A St. Peters woman pleaded guilty to three felony counts of bank fraud for her actions as an insurance billing supervisor handling the SSM Health Care account.
The U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Missouri said Pamela Hoernschemeyer, 46, submitted fraudulent check request forms to SSM asking for checks written to fake patients. The names submitted were variations of her own name and the names of her husband and daughters. Hoernschemeyer illegally received more than $100,000, which was used for personal purchases.
SSM is a health care organization that operates hospitals, nursing homes and physical practices in the Midwest. SSM handles patient billing and collections, claims submissions, remittance and payment posting, and account management.
Hoernschemeyer also submitted forged documents stating that her current employer was aware of the pending bank fraud charges. In response, her bond was revoked.
Each count of bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $1 million.
Hoernschemeyer's sentencing date is set for Dec. 27, 2012.