The jig's up for one Kansas City emergency medical technician involved in the infamous City Hall insurance-fraud scheme.
Matt Tholen admitted his guilt on Monday to a count of wire fraud, related to his role in what's apparently a wider-ranging scheme than originally thought. He's the first to plead out in the case involving six Kansas City employees and one Jackson County employee who face criminal charges, and at least dozens who apparently don't.
Court documents indicate that Tholen, 29, reaped $17,600 on behalf of 62 employees sending bogus claims of exercise activity to earn gift cards from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City.
The fraud worked like this: City Hall employees would submit claims of diet and exercise to the insurance company through its website. More grueling activities like marathons would lead to more "points," ostensibly to provide incentive for healthier lifestyles among insureds, and those points would lead to $250 gift cards.
Children of insured employees were eligible, which led to harebrained claims involving toddlers completing 26.2-mile marathons and similar feats.
It's not clear whether Tholen submitted those claims (including one on behalf of a 5-year-old dependent of a municipal worker who purportedly finished two marathons and two triathlons) at the behest of 62 City Hall employees or on his own volition, but he did share the proceeds among them.
Federal prosecutors haven't charged those 62 employees.
For his part, Tholen faces up to 20 years in federal prison.