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Restitution reduced for nurse in DeBrodie case

A nurse involved in the Carl DeBrodie case will not have to pay less than she expected for defrauding the government.

Melissa DeLap will have to pay back $2,500 she received for visits she never had with DeBrodie, who was reported missing in April 2017 and was found dead 10 days later. She pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to health care fraud for having reporting seeing DeBrodie in required face-to-face visits and collecting Medicaid payment for those visits.

She was originally ordered to pay $106,795 in restitution, but the amount was reduced when investigators determined only the $2,500 was acquired by fraud.

DeBrodie’s body was found encased in concrete in a Fulton storage unit. Authorities believe he had been dead for several months, and five people have been charged criminally in state court in connection with his death. Court documents allege DeBrodie had been forced to fight other clients and that he was denied medical treatment after having a seizure on the night he died.

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