Fraud Fighters honored at insurance gala

John Joyce

A pair of investigators received special honors for their outstanding service as "Fraud Fighters" at this year's Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Association conference, April 7-8, in Hershey.

Supervisory Special Agent Douglas Hilyard, of the state office of Attorney General, and Detective David Jay, of the York County District Attorney's Office, were each presented with the 2016 Fraud Fighter Award for their respective efforts investigating and prosecuting insurance fraud.

The IFPA, along with the Pennsylvania chapter of the International Association of Special Investigators, honored Hilyard and Jay for their successful prosecutions of insurance fraud cases, including Hilyard's cases against two doctors and Jay's work with the York County Quick Response Team.

Hilyard worked as part of the prosecution teams that helped to convict psychologist Dr. Richard Lenhart for sexually assaulting two female patients under his care and billing insurance companies to the tune of $71,000 in false claims. He also helped convict Dr. Stephanie Tarapchak, an osteopathic physician who prescribed and dispensed thousands of controlled substances to her patients and fraudulently billed insurance companies for visits and procedures that never took place. Her acts led to the death of one patient and to the overdose of a 16-year-old under her care, the release said.

As a tech services member of the York County QRT, Jay helped investigate through social media sources and other digital platforms, cases against 28 defendants in 2015, according to a news release.

Supervisory Special Agent Douglas Hilyard (Center), Office of Attorney General, accepts a 2016 Fraud Fighter Award from IFPA executive director Tom Donahue (R) at a conference in Hershey.

The awards were presented by IFPA executive director Tom Donahue.

"Insurance fraud is a felony crime that imposes significant financial and personal costs on individuals, businesses and society as a whole," Donahue said. He the praised each of the award recipients for their extensive training, their respective law enforcement careers and their dedication to the fight against insurance fraud.

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