Mar 23, 2012 6:33 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two women involved in a Medicare fraud scheme that included false claims and illegal kickbacks have been sentenced to prison.
Stephanie B. Williams and Mary H. Griffin were sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady.
Williams was sentenced to four years in prison and Griffin to 21 months in prison. Williams was ordered to pay $4 million in restitution while Griffin was ordered to pay $3.6 million.
The women worked as recruiters for Healthcare 1 LLC, Medical 1 Patient Services LLC and Lifeline Healthcare Services Inc. - all Louisiana-based companies that fraudulently billed medical equipment to the Medicare program from 2004 to 2009. They and other recruiters were hired to obtain prescriptions for equipment such as leg and arm braces, power wheel chairs and wheel chair accessories.