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Woman faces fraud charges after receiving more than $40,000 worth of treatment at Mount Nittany Medical Center

A Lewistown woman is accused of identity theft, insurance fraud and three other felony charges after she received more than $40,000 worth of treatment from Mount Nittany Medical Center under her mother’s name, police said.

State College police suspect Francesca Royer, 38, of checking in to the hospital in December for eight days of treatment under a false name and of signing her mother’s name on documents. The total hospital bill amounted to $43,239, police said.

Royer reportedly told police that she used her mother’s information because she was afraid the hospital would not treat her for “serious medical problems” that needed attention if she used her own information, according to court documents.

She later checked in to Geisinger Hospital in Danville using her own information, and staff there operated on her and corrected the medical problem she faced, according to court documents.

Royer was arraigned before District Judge Leslie Dutchcot on Wednesday and released on $15,000 unsecured bail. She also faces charges of theft by deception, theft of services and forgery, according to court documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 13.

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