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Federal agent charged in insurance fraud scheme

Published On: Mar 06 2014 03:49:21 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 06 2014 03:49:30 PM CST
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -

A federal agent based in San Antonio has been arrested following his indictment on charges of wire fraud and lying to authorities.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Reynaldo Gonzalez made an initial court appearance in San Antonio on Thursday. He's a deputy U.S. marshal facing a 13-count indictment.

Authorities say Gonzalez in 2008 and 2009 defrauded an insurance company by submitting claims for medical treatment for various injuries. He allegedly used a physician's signature and tax identification number without the doctor's knowledge. The insurer then sent several benefit checks to Gonzalez.

Prosecutors contend Gonzalez lied to investigators by saying the claims of injury were legitimate, even though the physician had not treated him since 2007.

The six counts of wire fraud alone carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.