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Woman imprisoned in medical insurance fraud

A woman who defrauded more than 255,000 yuan (US$40,420) from Shanghai's medical insurance fund by using others' medical insurance cards was sentenced to four years in prison today.

Prosecutors said the 40-year-old convict surnamed Kang borrowed medical insurance cards from six people and paid them commissions. She then used the cards to buy medicines from local hospitals, claiming the cardholders were unable to do it themselves.

Between January 2008 and April 2011, Kang stole more than 255,000 yuan from the city's medical insurance fund and sold medicines to make profits, prosecutors said.

Kong has returned 50,000 yuan of her illegal income, the court heard.

Police uncovered Kong's crime after receiving a report from the Shanghai Medical Insurance Monitoring and Inspection Office.

In the past two years, the office recovered 5.45 million yuan of medical insurance fund via real-time online monitoring. Inspectors are able to track every cardholder's purchasing history with drug names, quantities, expenses and purchasing dates.


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