Feds indict Butler for swindling health care groups
BATON ROUGE - A federal grand jury accused a man Thursday of swindling a Baton Rouge cancer center he worked at and other medical centers over the past year.
The U. S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge said Larry Butler, 49, was indicted for fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The indictment accused Butler of scheming to defraud multiple health care groups from July 2013 to August 2014. It claimed Butler used a fake credentials, including a false California driver's license and multiple fake Social Security numbers, to get jobs at medical centers including the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge.
Once in those jobs, the U. S. Attorney's Office said Butler would rack up thousands of dollars on unauthorized purchases on company credit cards including furniture, travel, and meals. In all, Butler's accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the people who employed him.
Authorities caught up to Butler in Tacoma, Wash. this week after he suddenly left his job in Baton Rouge. Officials at Mary Bird Perkins said he'd claimed to have found another opportunity elsewhere, and after he was terminated they discovered he'd spent thousands of dollars on his company credit cards.
The indictment includes a clause that if convicted, Butler will be forced to give back the money he gained from his schemes.