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Former cancer center director admits he stole $70K from cancer center, health care centers

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A 49-year-old Baton Rouge man has admitted he stole more than $70,000 from a cancer center and other health care facilities in Louisiana.

On Friday, Larry Dale Butler, the former director of facilities at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud and false representation of a Social Security number.

The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1si9uYw ) reports that he admitted defrauding the cancer center and the Louisiana Health Coop. from July 2013 through last August. The Louisiana Health Coop. is a nonprofit health insurance company in Covington.

Federal prosecutors said Butler used false documentation to conceal his criminal history and obtain the pay and benefits associated with being employed by the victims. His criminal past includes convictions for fraud, his indictment stated.

Butler also stole from the victims through the misuse of company credit cards for personal expenses including furniture, travel and meals, prosecutors said.

He was accused of charging more than $16,000 for personal items using Mary Bird Perkins credit cards. The purchases came to light only after Butler told the cancer center in August that he had another job. The center fired him.

Butler has agreed to forfeit the proceeds of his fraud.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles did not set a sentencing date for Butler.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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