For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Kriss Bivens Cloyd
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Date: March 6, 2014

Eastern Idaho Woman Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – A State of Idaho employee Maria Pilar Ramirez pleaded guilty and was sentenced on March 5, 2014, for insurance fraud, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Fourth District Judge Timothy Hansen sentenced Ramirez to 30 days in the county and jail and placed her on probation for five years.

By pleading guilty, Ramirez, 42, of Blackfoot, admitted that she provided her Blue Cross of Idaho insurance information to Juan David Rojas-Torres, a man she had a personal relationship with. Between November 1, 2009, and February 3, 2010, Rojas-Torres represented himself as Ramirez's husband and had eight teeth removed. The bills for those teeth extractions were billed to Blue Cross of Idaho.

The fraud was discovered after Ramirez's husband had one of the exact same teeth extracted as Rojas-Torres on April 6, 2012.

Insurance fraud is a felony that impacts all Idahoans. Anyone who witnesses or suspects insurance fraud is encouraged to contact the Idaho Department of Insurance at www.doi.idaho.gov

The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Insurance and prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Donnell of the Attorney General's Insurance Crimes Unit.

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