Clinician sentenced in Medicare fraud
A clinic owner who orchestrated a $5.9 million Medicare fraud with fake tests and an unlicensed doctor was sentenced this week to serve three years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt handed down the sentence Wednesday in Houston to Joy Aneke, 51, of Katy, who was convicted of recruiting Medicare patients and billing them at her clinics for expensive tests that were neither medically necessary nor performed. The judge ordered the clinic owner to pay $2.76 million in restitution to the federal health care program.
She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.
Aneke pleaded guilty on May 16 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud at Jadac Unique Health Services, Almeda Physicians Clinic and the home health agency Community Joyful Home Health that operated in Harris and Fort Bend Counties. Two other employees entered identical pleas to conspiracy charges in April, admitting they helped operate the government fraud.