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Missouri Republican resigns after being convicted of $ 900,000 COVID clinic fraud plan

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A representative of the Missouri Republican stateresigned a few days after being convicted of 22 federal charges. Most of these crimes are in the clinic and-profit at the start of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. 

State Assembly member Tricia Darjes has resigned from a seat representing Christian County (140th district) in the Missouri House of Representatives on Friday, KOLR reported. 

Her resignation was by a federal jury trial on June 28, with prosecutors on a nearly $ 900,000 COVID-19 fraud plan and another $ 200,000 fraud plan. It took place four days after being convicted. She made false claims about fake stem cell therapies sold through clinics in southern Missouri, and about illegally providing prescription drugs to clients at those clinics.

A 64-year-old woman from Nixa, Missouri, has 10 wire frauds, 10, drug distribution over the Internet without a valid prescription, and 2 cases. Was convicted of. The Justice Department announced earlier last week that it had made false statements to federal law enforcement agencies. 

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Rep. Tricia Derges resigned Friday after a COVID fraud scheme conviction. 

Congressman Tricia Delju is on the COVID fraud plan He resigned on Friday after being convicted.  (Missouri House of Representatives)

"This is an elected official who stole money from the people, called a humanitarian, A medical expert who tricked the patient into lying, and illegally distributed the drug, "US lawyer Theresamuasaid in a statement last Tuesday. "She violated her position of trust in selfishly enriching herself at the expense of others, but her fellow jury in a unanimous verdict of excuses and ridiculous claims. Seen through her smoke screen, and now she will be held liable for her criminal acts. "

Her biography in the Missouri State House states that she is a" doctor and entrepreneur. " Despite the statement, DOJ emphasized that Delju is "approved as an assistant doctor, not a doctor." 

JOPLIN, MO - JULY 2:  The Covid-19 testing site at the Walmart Supercenter in Joplin, Missouri on July 2, 2020. 

Joplin, Missouri-July 2nd : Covid-19 test site at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Joplin, Missouri, July 2, 2020.  ((Photo by Terra Fondriest of the Washington Post via Getty Images))

She has three commercial purposes in Springfield, Missouri and Branson, Missouri. Operates the Ozark Valley Medical Clinic. The prosecutor, a dental clinic in Springfield, said. According to her official Missouri House biography, the nonprofit is "Medical-Dental-Mental Health Mission Clinic to Care for Homeless, Poor and Veterans," and Derges "USMLE License Examination for Medical Students." I teach a review class for you. " .. 

Regarding the COVID fraud program, prosecutors said Delju tried to receive $ 900,000 in CARES law funding. Lift-up does not provide patients with COVID-19 testing services and is actually closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, March-June 2020.

Derges fraudulently claimed that Lift Up provided a COVID-19 test and sought a refund of the "COVID-19 eligible costs" that Lift Up incurred. To support her claim, Derges provided a total of $ 296,574 invoices from Dynamic DNA for over 3,000 COVID-19 lab tests. 

Trace Robinson receives a coronavirus test at an Affinia testing site in St. Louis on Thursday, April 23, 2020. 

Trace Robinson tests coronavirus on the Affinia test site Was held in St. Louis on Thursday, April 23, 2020. 

Derges submitted a dynamic DNA invoice as a lift-up expense, but it was actually for testing at Derges' commercial Ozark Valley Medical. Clinic, the prosecutor said. 

The Ozark Valley Medical Center has already received a payment of approximately $ 517,000 from its clients for these COVID-19 tests. The Ozark Valley Medical Center has charged clients, patients, or their employers about $ 167 per sample of theCOVID-19 test serviceThese COVID-19 tests have already paid for other payments. Concealed from Green County that it was paid by a person.

Prosecutors say Derges also sold stem cell therapies that actually used amniotic fluid without stem cells. She claimed to have advertised it online as a potential COVID treatment. 

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She accidentally claimed to contain stem cells , Administering administered amniotic fluid to patients, especially those suffering from tissue damage, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Lyme disease, and urinary incontinence. In a Facebook post on April 11, 2020, Derges wrote about allogeneic amniotic fluid transplantation: "This amazing treatment will provide a safe and natural potential treatment for COVID-19 patients."

Derges also oxycodone on the Internet without a valid prescription. Was convicted of 10 charges of distributing Adderall.

Danielle Wallace is a FoxNews Digital reporter covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace @ and Twitter (@danimwallace).