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Cedar Hill RN Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Healthcare Fraud

A registered nurse who in June pled guilty to her role in a scheme to defraud Medicaid of close to $375 million has been sentenced to a decade in prison.
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A registered nurse who in June pled guilty to her role in a scheme to defraud Medicaid of close to $375 million has been sentenced to a decade in prison.

Pat Akamnonu, the co-owner of a Cedar Hill home health company, was sentenced on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. Her husband, Cyprian Akamnonu, pled guilty in 2012 and was sentenced in 2013 to 10 years in prison. The two were part of a large-scale scheme led by a man named Jacques Roy, who would receive unnecessary prescriptions from the Akamnonus and add them to his rolls.

The couple would select Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from Dallas-area neighborhoods who rarely needed the services they were allegedly providing. In all, the Justice Department says the Akamnonus contributed to $43 million of fraud. Both were ordered to pay $25 million in restitution. The feds also seized four vehicles, 21 properties, and assets in several businesses.

Roy is still awaiting trial.

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