Ex-Pennsylvania hospice exec accused of theft in Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish authorities have said that a former Pennsylvania hospice executive went from federal prison in West Virginia to jail in Louisiana, where she's accused of stealing $90,000 from an assisted living center.

Caddo Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said Mary Ann Stewart, 50, of Carrolltown, Pennsylvania, is in the Caddo Parish jail on a felony theft charge, with bond set at $250,000.

Stewart was chief operating officer at a northwest Louisiana assisted living facility from February 2013 to March 2015. A sheriff's office news release said she is accused of requesting checks for false orders and for nonexistent employee training.

Stewart pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud in 2016. Prosecutors said the case involved millions of dollars in fraudulent billings at a suburban Pittsburgh hospice where she was chief operating officer.

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