3 charged with organ-donation fraud

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CHICAGO (AP) – Three suburban Chicago residents have been indicted on charges that allege they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a group that coordinates organ and tissue donations.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that 41-year-old Shari L. Hansen of Bollingbrook is charged with six counts of wire fraud. Eric V. Murff, 37, of Plainfield, and 43-year-old Debra A. Schultz of Lockport face three wire-fraud counts each.

They haven’t entered pleas. It wasn’t clear whether they have attorneys.

According to the indictment, the three are charged with submitting invoices to the donation network, which wasn’t identified, for organ procurement work that was never done. Hansen worked for the network and is accused of approving payments.

The indictment seeks $652,298 allegedly taken.

Wire fraud charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.

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