A pair of Los Angeles-area defendants were sentenced to several years in prison each for allegedly defrauding Medicare by billing the service for goods and services that were not medically necessary or were never provided.
Investigators say the 43-year-old woman and 61-year-old man were co-owners of a home health agency that conspired with two other individuals to recruit Medicare patients to their own firm in order to use their information to fraudulently bill the government health care service.
Per investigators, the two defendants obtained the information gleaned by the other two individuals at their clinic to bill Medicare at their own clinic for other services and goods they were never prescribed and never received. The two defendants allegedly paid the other conspirators for the information, which was also illegal. They both pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud last fall, while the other two conspirators were convicted at trial earlier this month of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud.
The male defendant was sentenced to 78 months in Federal prison and was ordered to pay $4,283,674 in restitution, of which $100,000 was to be paid immediately. He was also ordered to cede over $172,000 seized by the Federal government in 2014 and hand over title to half a dozen parcels of real property allegedly purchased with illicit funds.
The female defendant was sentenced to 120 months in Federal prison and was ordered to pay $4,283,674 in restitution as well, with $10,000 due immediately. She was also ordered to give over title to the same cash and real property as her co-defendant.
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