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Home Elder Care Workers See Medicare Fraud Convictions Upheld

May 15, 2020, 12:23 AM

Employees of a Texas home elder care business failed to convince the Fifth Circuit that insufficient evidence supported their convictions and prison sentences for conspiring to engage in Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Claims that some of the conspirators weren’t knowledgeable of the fraud and that the lower court miscalculated loss and restitution were rejected by the appeals court, which upheld all rulings against the employees, and affirmed $3.5 million in restitution.

Celestine Okwilagwe, who started Elder Care Home Health Services in Texas with his wife and co-defendant in 2001, received the longest sentence of 188 months after the pair and...

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