A former Kansas City municipal court employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding the city’s health insurance program by alleging that a 3-year-old child was a seasoned marathon runner.
Crystal Burgin-Woods, 43, admitted that she fraudulently sought $186,665 in wellness incentives from the city’s insurance provider, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City, on behalf of 383 municipal employees.
Burgin-Woods and five others have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme. The “Points to Blue” program offered gift cards to employees who participated in exercise or diet programs.
In one submission, Burgin-Woods claimed that a 3-year-old child had completed four triathlons, three marathons, two dualthlons and three half marathons.
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