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Houston Woman Convicted By Federal Jury On Allegations Of Conspiring To Defraud Medicare Of $11 Million

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A South Texas woman was convicted late last month for allegedly participating in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare that investigators say cost the government about $11 million over the course of three years.

The 57-year-old woman was found guilty by a Federal jury in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes of the Southern District of Texas on January 24 of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and three counts of healthcare fraud after a short trial.

Investigators say that, between the fall of 2012 and the fall of 2015, the defendant sold Plans of Care and other such medical documents to home health care firms via their company. While the sales themselves were entirely legal, prosecutors say the home health care firms billed Medicare for services that were not medically necessary and frequently not provided at all.

The defendant is the fourth person so far to either plead guilty or be found guilty in connection with the alleged conspiracy. All four individuals have yet to be sentenced. The defendant in question is scheduled to hear her sentence in late April.

The charges brought in this case are the product of an investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a team composed of agents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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