Fmr. Mercyhealth VP of internet marketing pleads guilty to alleged wire fraud

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – A former vice president of Mercyhealth and an Illinois advertising agency proprietor both equally pleaded responsible Wednesday following they were accused of wire fraud to just take advantage of the wellbeing method, the federal attorney’s workplace said.

Barbara Bortner, 57, and Ryan Weckerly, 46, have been both included in wire fraud and tax rates in a kickback plan, explained the U.S. Division of Justice.

Weckerly owned the marketing firm Morningstar Media Group, dependent in Sycamore, Illinois, while Bortner was the vice president of internet marketing at Mercyhealth in Janesville. Weckerly allegedly started to post inflated invoices weekly for his promoting do the job to Mercyhealth, starting up in February of 2015.

The U.S. attorney’s business said the pair agreed that Weckerly would send out monetary kickbacks to Bortner for the cash he acquired in the inflated bill. Bortner also agreed to use Morningstar Media Team as the wellbeing system’s main advertising agency, the DOJ said.

This went on until June of 2020 and concerned more than $3 million.

In addition to becoming charged with wire fraud, Bortner also faces a tax evasion charge. Weckerly is also accused of aiding and abetting to prepare for the false cash flow tax return, the DOJ provides.

The DOJ noted these expenses are the outcome of an IRS criminal investigation.

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