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Former midstate business owner sentenced for defrauding college faculty union

  • Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania

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(Harrisburg) — A former midstate businessman is heading to prison for defrauding the faculty union for Pennsylvania’s state-owned colleges.

Michael Timothy Buchanan, 69, owned the Harrisburg-based dental and vison claims processing company, Actuaries, Consultants and Administrators, Inc.

Federal prosecutors say, between 2007 and 2017, Buchanan submitted false and inflated invoices to defraud a trust fund for the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties out of nearly $1.5 million.

“Citizens have a right to expect that the hard-earned dollars they contribute towards ever increasing health care costs will be protected by the stewards of those funds,” said David Freed, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Buchanan pleaded guilty last May to one count of health care fraud.

He was sentenced to more than three years in prison and is required to pay back the total amount stolen from the union.

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