Leyda I. Ada has entered a not-guilty plea to a superseding indictment that charged her for allegedly conspiring with her husband in health care theft, fraud, and money laundering.
The superseding indictment—the replacement of the original indictment—charged Ada with 16 counts, including new charges. The original indictment charged her and her husband, Melvin G. Ada, with 59 counts.
The superseding indictment charged Leyda Ada with one count of conspiracy to commit health care theft and embezzlement, six counts of health care theft and embezzlement, five counts of mail fraud, one count of money laundering, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, one count of conspiracy to make false statements in applications for food stamp benefits, and one count of perjury.
Leyda appeared with her lawyer, Mark Hanson, during arraignment on Friday. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The jury trial will begin on Jan. 27, 2014.
The indictment alleged that from January 2006 through August 2011, the Ada couple misappropriated and diverted 46 CNMI Treasury checks made payable to Midwest Medical Supply Co., Inc. totaling over $1.7 million and deposited these checks in bank accounts they controlled.
Leyda used to be a sales representative for Midwest Medical Supply, a Missouri company that had supplied dialysis consumables and equipment to the Commonwealth Health Center.
Melvin Ada was previously employed at CHC as a medical supply specialist. He recently pleaded guilty to 56 charges and will be sentenced on March 7, 2014.