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Texas couple charged in theft from nonprofit

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Posted: Aug 13, 2010 5:31 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Texas, indicted, charges, embezzle, Louisiana, health care, benefit, program

A Texas couple has been indicted on charges they conspired to embezzle more than $220,000 from a Louisiana health care benefit program where the wife worked.

Melanie Newman and Michael Anthony Goodloe Jr. are charged with conspiracy, health care fraud and uttering forged securities.

Newman worked as a bookkeeper for the nonprofit Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation.

The indictment accuses her of forging foundation checks to pay for personal expenses, including her
wedding to Goodloe, student loan payments and automobiles.

Newman also allegedly gave forged checks to her husband.

Newman faces a maximum sentence of 335 years in prison if convicted.

The charges against Goodloe are punishable by up to 205 years behind bars.

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