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POCATELLO, Idaho -- A judge has denied a request for leniency in the sentencing of an eastern Idaho woman convicted for defrauding Medicaid of an estimated $40,000.
6th District Judge Robert Naftz sentenced Terry Leissring of Inkom last month to serve at least one year in prison after pleading guilty to felony grand theft.
She was charged after state investigators accused her of billing for Medicaid services that ultimately were not provided to clients at Brighter Days Inc., a company Leissring owned and operated.
The Idaho State Journal reports her attorney made an appeal for leniency in the sentence because Leissring is a sole provider and incarceration was placing an undue hardship on her family.
But Judge Robert Naftz denied the request, saying Leissring received a reasonable sentence in light of her crimes.