Social Worker Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud

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GREENBELT, Md. — A former social worker who prosecutors say continued to submit insurance claims after her license was suspended has pleaded guilty to health care fraud.

Fifty-nine-year-old Rosemary McDowall of Silver Spring entered the plea in federal court in Greenbelt on Friday. She will be required to pay restitution and faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing July 8.

According to her plea agreement, McDowall was licensed in 1996 and became a participating provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland.

Prosecutors say in 2005, the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners suspended McDowall’s license. However, she continued to see patients and caused claims to be submitted to BCBS. The insurer stopped paying claims from McDowall in 2010.

McDowall admitted that her fraudulent claims total at least $120,000.

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