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Jul 5, 2013 9:07 AM by AP

La. clinic owner pleads guilty in billing probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man who owned a Louisiana medical clinic has pleaded guilty to participating in a plot to fraudulently bill Medicare and Medicaid.

Anahit Hovhannisyan, 34, of Armenia, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison following his guilty plea Monday in U.S District Court in New Orleans to health care fraud.

The company he owned, Health Guard Inc., pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.

Federal prosecutors say patients went to the clinic for medical tests that weren't performed or weren't medically necessary, and they were denied prescriptions for drugs if they refused to undergo the tests.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 26.

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