Catch­ing up with Re­becca Par­rett

For­mer NCFE ex­ec­u­tive caught in Mex­ico

Modern Healthcare - - Front Page - Melanie Evans

The cap­ture last week of a for­mer health­care fi­nance ex­ec­u­tive who eluded au­thor­i­ties for more than two years ended a bizarre post­script to the col­lapse of Na­tional Cen­tury Fi­nan­cial En­ter­prises.

Re­becca Par­rett, who fled the coun­try and al­legedly schemed to live on the lam in Mex­ico with her sis­ter and mother, was ar­rested by Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties last week and de­ported to Cal­i­for­nia, where she was met by U.S. mar­shals.

Par­rett had been missing since March 2008, when she dis­ap­peared be­fore be­ing sen­tenced for fraud and con­spir­acy con­vic­tions (March 17, 2008, p. 4). She was one of six for­mer ex­ec­u­tives con­victed for tak­ing part in what the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment said was a $2.3 bil­lion fraud at Na­tional Cen­tury Fi­nan­cial En­ter­prises, a health­care fi­nance com­pany based in Dublin, Ohio, that landed in bank­ruptcy in Novem­ber 2002.

While on the run, Par­rett was sen­tenced to 25 years in prison.

Par­rett had been liv­ing in the town of Aji­jic, in the Mex­i­can state of Jalisco, and claimed to be in hid­ing af­ter she tes­ti­fied against lawyers who had stolen from pen­sion funds, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Par­rett’s dis­ap­pear­ance landed her older sis­ter, Linda Case of Grove City, Ohio, in prison for six months ear­lier this year. Jus­tice Depart­ment spokesman Fred Alver­son said au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate Par­rett’s dis­ap­pear­ance and whether she had help. “It’s not over just be­cause she’s in cus­tody,” he said.

Alver­son said she was ar­rested on the war­rant is­sued af­ter her 2008 dis­ap­pear­ance and in com­ing weeks will re­turn to the Ohio court where she was con­victed. At­tempts to reach an at­tor­ney for Par­rett were un­suc­cess­ful.

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