A former executive with two Alabama medical clinics was sentenced Thursday to 28 months in prison for sending prescription drugs to figures linked to a fraud investigation in which she was implicated, reports the Birmingham News.
Calling Terri Maguire Mollica's actions "calculating and vindictive," U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins more than doubled the one-year term recommended by federal prosecutors. Ms. Mollica, who was the chief financial officer at nonprofit health-care centers in Birmingham and Tuskegee, pleaded guilty in July to sending packages authorities said contained hundreds of Valium, Ritalin, and other pills to a witness in the fraud case and the wife of a prosecutor.
Ms. Mollica admitted in April to fraud, money laundering, and other charges for her role in the alleged diversion of millions of taxpayer dollars from the clinics to businesses controlled by their chief executive officer, Jonathan Dunning. Mr. Dunning was charged in February and is awaiting trial. Ms. Mollica faces up to 30 years in prison in the fraud case and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.