Ex-AHIP officer pleads in fraud case

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 13, 2007

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The former information technology officer for America's Health Insurance Plans pleaded guilty last month to bilking the trade group of nearly $1 million.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Dribjot S. Dua, of Boyds, Md., pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges for crimes committed between May 2004 and January 2007.

According to the charges, Dua, as IT manager, ordered computer products worth more than $947,000 from a company called Network Circle and wrote checks for the purchases on AHIP's account. Investigators learned Dua was the sole director of Network Circle and the products were never delivered. He also purchased $7,500 worth of computer products from legitimate companies, paid for them with AHIP funds, but kept them for his personal use.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 28, 2008.

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