by 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
8/1/2012 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The
Nevada attorney general announced the indictment of a contractor
working in the plastic surgery department of the Mike O'Callaghan
Federal Hospital at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., July 30.
Shanita Flax was charged with 18 counts of theft and one count of attempted theft.
One of her duties was to discuss pricing with women considering a breast
augmentation procedure. For women who were having reconstruction
following breast cancer or an occupational injury, the surgery is
covered by government issued insurance. The patient pays for both the
procedure and the implants if the surgery is for cosmetic reasons.
Flax allegedly requested cash from patients to pay for the implants,
kept the cash and order the implants through the government supply chain
as if they were for a cancer patient. The indictment alleges she was
able to obtain $9,200 from the victims and defrauded the Air Force out
of an additional $10,200.
This is the culmination of a two year investigation by the United States
Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Nevada Attorney
General's Office fraud unit.
"Nellis Air Force Base has traditionally had a very close working
relationship with the Nevada Attorney General's office," said 99th Air
Base Wing commander, Col. Barry Cornish.
"In this particular case, the AFOSI detachment 206 here worked with
state investigators from the insurance fraud division for nearly two
years to bring to justice someone who was clearly defrauding our Airmen
and their families."
"I am proud of the teamwork involved on all sides to protect our
military men and women and their families, as well as to ensure
criminals are apprehended and prosecuted," Cornish said.