Fla. woman pleads guilty in kickback scheme at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport


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SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to her role in an alleged bribery scheme involving a former employee at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's office, in a news release Tuesday, said Rita Myler, 52, of Miramar Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of mail fraud before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr.

Evidence presented at the plea hearing shows Mylar paid Anthony Roggero, an assistant lab director, kickbacks so that he would continue buying products from her company, Sangre Biologicals.

From July 2001 to July 2008, authorities said Myler mailed money to Roggero's home after LSUHSC would pay her company, which received more than $540,000 during the course of the scheme.

Myler faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and restitution. Sentencing is set for Jan. 26.

Roggero pleaded guilty Oct. 31, 2012, to one count of mail fraud for his role. Roggero's sentencing date is Nov. 10.

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