Connecticut Woman Sentenced For Perjury
A woman from Waterford, Connecticut, was recently sentenced to 10 months in prison for submitting false evidence during a recent fraud trial.
Serena Rutherford-Sylvia, 42, pleaded guilty to perjury and forgery in New London Superior Court, according to The New London Day. The crime occurred while she was on trial for tax and health fraud.
She was a regional account manager for the now closed Haven Healthcare LLC, according to the news source. The organization operated multiple nursing homes in The Nutmeg State. In 2007, Rutherford-Sylvia entered a patient into a convalescent home in Jewett City without requiring the man to sign any paperwork relating to payment. The stay was not covered under insurance or Medicare.
The man was eventually released from the nursing home's care with a $36,000 bill, the news source reported. Rutherford-Sylvia then forged his signature on a collection document and lied about the fraudulent activity when Haven Healthcare brought a suit against her in state court in order to recoup the money.
The additional sentence for perjury will take place concurrent to her 18-month prison term, the news source added. She will surrender in June to begin her sentence.