Bowlegs woman who lied to receive medical benefits will pay restitution, serve probation

A woman accused of making false statements to receive medical benefits was sentenced Wednesday to serve four years of probation and make restitution payments of $121,482.
BY DARLA SLIPKE dslipke@opubco.com Modified: December 30, 2010 at 10:10 am •  Published: December 30, 2010
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A Bowlegs woman was sentenced Wednesday to four years of probation for making false claims to receive more than $121,482 worth of medical and social security benefits and food stamps.

Mary Ann Flowers made false claims to receive medical benefits for treatment of cancer and other ailments, according to court records. Flowers was born in 1951, records show. A specific date of birth is not listed.

On Wednesday, an Oklahoma City federal court judge ordered Flowers to spend 120 days in home detention and make restitution payments totaling $121,482.60 to the state Department of Human Services, the state Agriculture Department and the Social Security Administration, in addition to her probation.

Flowers declined to discuss the case Wednesday, but she wrote in a statement for the court that she was sorry for her actions. She said she didn't believe she would be alive today if she hadn't received the help she did.

Flowers was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1994, according to her statement. She wrote that she became desperate after she exhausted her private health insurance coverage, which had a $1 million cap.

Flowers and her husband weren't rich, but they weren't poor enough to qualify for health benefits, so Flowers lied to qualify for medical care services, said Rob Pyron, Flowers' attorney.