Leavenworth woman ordered to pay mother’s medical bills after theft

 LEAVENWORTH – (June 27, 2014) – A Leavenworth woman must pay more than $6,000 of her mother’s outstanding medical bills after being found guilty of felony theft, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Rebecca Hund, 44, was ordered by District Judge Gunnar Sundby to pay $6,053.40 to cover the unpaid medical bills incurred for the care of her mother at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. In April, Sundby accepted Hund’s no contest plea to one count of felony theft and adjudged her guilty of the charge.

The charge arose from an investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division and the Nebraska attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit into Hund’s conduct between November 2007 and December 2011. Acting as durable power of attorney for her mother, Hund sold her mother’s house and used some of the proceeds for her own benefit rather than to care for her mother.

In addition to payment of medical expenses, Hund was ordered to serve 12 months of probation with an underlying sentence of 6 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General John Bryant of Schmidt’s office.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Schmidt successfully advocated for a new law to toughen penalties for the financial abuse of senior citizens. That new law takes effect July 1.

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