A Maxicare Health Plans employee and an unemployed San Diego man have been indicted in connection with a failed attempt to embezzle $7.5 million from the Los Angeles-based health maintenance organization earlier this year, federal officials said Wednesday.
The 24-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego charges Henry Salas Ramirez, 43, of Redondo Beach and Jerry L. Sanders, 45, of Chula Vista with transportation of stolen funds, entering a bank to commit a felony, wire fraud and scheming to defraud a bank.
Ramirez, who was released on bail, is a Maxicare supervisor who "had access to computers that are used to issue checks to Maxicare vendors," according to Steve Peterson, a deputy U.S. attorney in San Diego.
A Maxicare spokesman Wednesday declined to comment on the case.
According to the indictment, Ramirez used a company computer to issue checks that were deposited in Security Pacific Bank accounts opened in San Diego by Sanders. Most of the money subsequently was wired to a bank in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, according to a spokesman for the FBI.