A former employee of the Commonwealth Health Center pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court to 56 charges of misusing over $1.7 million intended as payment for a medical supplier company.
Melvin G. Ada pleaded guilty to 19 counts of theft or embezzlement in connection with health care, nine counts of health care fraud, and 28 counts of money laundering as part of a plea deal with the U.S. government.
Ada will be sentenced on March 7, 2014, at 9am.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona allowed Ada to remain free until his sentencing.
Manglona advised Ada to communicate with his counsel and comply with his temporary release conditions.
Defense counsel Colin Thompson served as counsel for Ada. Assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe appeared for the U.S. government.
Ada’s wife, Leyda I. Ada, is also facing the same charges.
The Ada couple were each charged in the indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit theft or embezzlement in connection with health care; 19 counts of theft or embezzlement in connection with health care; one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud; nine counts of health care fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; and 28 counts of money laundering.
Melvin Ada was previously assigned as a medical supply specialist at CHC. Leyda used to be a sales representative for Midwest Medical Supply Co. Inc., a Missouri-based company that had supplied dialysis consumables and equipment to CHC.