Pottsville resident also accused of cheating independent living center in Hazleton.

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WILKES-BARRE — A Pottsville man charged with Medicaid fraud and other related charges in a case in which investigators say he submitted false claims and used credit cards belonging to the Anthracite Region Center of Independent Living in Hazleton pleaded guilty Friday

Marc R. Freligh, 34, of Fairview Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of Medicaid fraud and one count each of forgery and access device fraud.

Freligh, who will be sentenced on June 6, will owe more than $89,000 in restitution costs.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Albright. Freligh has chosen to represent himself rather than hire an attorney.

According to court papers, Freligh was employed at the center from February 2008 to June 2011 as a service coordinator, receiving a gross pay of $101,605.

Freligh submitted false claims for work on home modifications for clients of the center when no work actually was done and altered three checks written out to workers who had done work, depositing the checks in his account, investigators said.

Freligh also used the center’s credit card for personal use and payment of a personal legal obligation, investigators said. Freligh allegedly used the card to purchase 15 tickets to see “Many Colors of Dolly: A tribute to Dolly Parton,” and to pay court fines.

A background check by investigators on Freligh revealed he had pleaded guilty to 17 counts of forgery and 21 counts of unlawful use of computers in Columbia County and received an unknown sentence in July 2003, they said.

Freligh faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the felony forgery charge and a maximum of seven years in prison on the three other felony counts.

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