A former executive of a San Francisco-based surgical implant firm was sentenced Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court to six months in jail for overcharging the costs of spinal implants, prosecutors said. Trudy Maurer, 68, the one-time chief executive officer of Implantium LLC, agreed not to contest four charges of felony insurance fraud filed against her, according to Deputy District Attorney Katharina Wells.
Maurer’s company submitted invoices to Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose that inflated the value of spinal surgical implants given to injured employees in workers’ compensation cases by as much as tens of thousands of dollars, Wells said.
Judge Hector Ramon sentenced Maurer to six months in county jail and ordered her to pay a $50,000 fine to the California Department of Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fraud Fund, according to prosecutors. Maurer has already paid $120,000 in restitution and, following completion of her jail sentence, her felony convictions would be reduced to misdemeanors, prosecutors said.
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