Fort Polk soldier, ex-wife admit to illegally obtaining medical benefits

A Fort Polk soldier from DeRidder and his ex-wife admitted recently to conspiring to illegally obtain medical benefits from the Department of Defense Health Program, Tricare.

Amanda Elise Morphis, 26, of Sanford, N.C., pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Jay C. Zainey to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.

According to the guilty plea, Morphis divorced U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Chance Louvier, 30, of DeRidder, Dec. 6, 2011.

For more than two years after their divorce, Morphis and Louvier falsely represented to the Defense Department, the Army and Tricare that they were married so that Morphis could receive health care benefits from Tricare after her entitlement to benefits had ended.

A service member is required by U.S. Army regulations and federal statutes to notify the Defense Enrollment Eligibility System of an event, such as a death or divorce, that changes the status of a dependent within 30 days of the event.

Between Dec. 7, 2011, and February 2014, Tricare paid $143,387.56 in fraudulent claims for Morphis’ health care benefits.

Louvier entered his own guilty plea to conspiracy Oct. 3.

The defendants face a maximum of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and mandatory restitution to repay Tricare $143,387.56 for paid fraudulent claims.

Louvier’s sentencing is set for Jan. 9, 2019. Morphis’ sentencing is set for Feb. 13.””Tricare Fraud

Crime

Sulphur High student arrested after threat made

Crime

Sheriff: Escapee shot after firing at officers

Local News

Governor optimistic about federal hurricane aid for SW La.

Local News

Eastbound lane of I-10 bridge remains closed after fiery crash

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Finally, a feel-good movie

Business News

$21M rice mill should be complete by next harvest

Crime

Three more linked to Oakdale bar shooting

Local News

State confirms seventh pediatric death from COVID-19 in fourth surge

Local Business News

Jeff Davis hoping to join program designed to attract business

Local Business News

EMS Academy looking for ‘right people in right spots’

Local Business News

Four state amendments await voters Nov. 13

Local Business News

George Swift column: Recovery, rebuilding after storms

Local Business News

Names in the News: People making a difference in the Lake Area

Local News

Breaux has honed some serious culinary skills since his Crock-pot days

Local News

Cemetery Association asking for help with hurricane-damaged graves

Crime Brief

Fort Polk soldiers charged in DeRidder drive-by shooting

Crime Brief

Lake Arthur man loses hunting privileges

Local News

Higgins says he will vote against raising debt limit

Local News

Field of education plays major role in Broussard household

Local News

Driver, passenger killed in collision with 18-wheeler

Local News

Colo. man struck, killed in Calcasieu

Local News

The Last Island Hurricane of 1856: Killer storm wiped out a pre-Civil War resort island

Local News

Volunteer of Week: Stanford dedicates life to city

Local News

Slow rebuild: Local officials say recovery still a ways off