Clin­i­cian sen­tenced in Medi­care fraud

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE -

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.

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