80-year-old Mission Hills woman in prison for lottery scam loses appeal

A former physician who operated a Kansas City health clinic sent to prison for two years for violating her probation in a health fraud case on Wednesday lost an appeal of that sentence.

Carol Ann Ryser, now 80, had her probation in the fraud case revoked after she was caught participating in an illegal lottery scam.

The scam involved elderly victims being told in phone calls that they had won a lottery prize that they would receive by taxes and fees. Ryser, of Mission Hills, received some of that money and sent most of it on to others.

As a result of her participation in the scam, the federal judge in her original fraud case revoked her probation and sentenced her to serve two years in prison.

On Wednesday the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the sentence was not "substantially unreasonable" and the judge did not commit procedural error.

Rsyer is currently in custody and is scheduled to be released from prison in August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

The original fraud case involved Health Centers of America in south Kansas City, a clinic operated by Ryser and her husband.

The clinic was closed after the Rysers pleaded guilty to health care and income tax fraud. She surrendered her medical license.