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O.C. woman pleads guilty to medical insurance fraud

A woman who received more than $118,000 in public assistance after falsely claiming she was divorced from her police officer husband and not financially supported by him has been sentenced to nine months in jail, the Orange County district attorney’s office said Thursday.

Lydia Delrio Montelongo pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count of medical insurance fraud with a sentencing enhancement for a white-collar crime of more than $100,000, prosecutors said.

In addition to jail time, Montelongo must pay more than $118,000 in restitution. Additional punishment of up to six years in state prison has been stayed pending Montelongo’s completion of five years' formal probation, prosecutors said.

Despite being married and financially supported by her husband, a Los Angeles Airport police officer, Montelongo applied for and accepted Social Security and Medi-Cal benefits for which she did not qualify, prosecutors said. Montelongo claimed she was divorced from her husband and didn’t even know his whereabouts.

According to prosecutors, there was no evidence that Montelongo’s husband was aware of the fraud.

The scam was uncovered thanks to an anonymous tip to law enforcement.

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