$5.2M Medicare fraud gets nurse 8 years in prison

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Houston-area nurse to eight years and a month in prison after a jury convicted her of a $5.2 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Former Family Healthcare Group nursing director Ezinne (eh-ZEEN') Ubani also must pay $2.5 million in restitution. U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas sentenced her in Houston on Wednesday after a jury convicted her last May of conspiracy count and making false statements.

Trial evidence showed she falsified documents to support the fraudulent payments. She's the seventh defendant to be sentenced in the case, with three others still to be sentenced.

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