Women Charged In Union-Related Health Scam

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Four women have been indicted on federal charges alleging they helped Culinary Workers Union members claim health benefits for unauthorized cosmetic surgeries in Mexico.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Brower in Las Vegas says Rebeca Acosta of Chula Vista, Calif., was indicted Wednesday on mail fraud charges.

He says Ana Bertha Acosta of Dulzura, Calif., and Sara Casales of Las Vegas face health care fraud and aiding and abetting charges, and Lucia Solano of Las Vegas is charged with making false statements to investigators.

Brower says the Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union Welfare Fund was billed about $4.9 million for emergency medical procedures performed at a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, but that the operations were actually cosmetic surgery.

The union health care plan doesn't cover cosmetic surgery.

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