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Oct 4, 2010 10:03 PM by Alison Haynes

La. doctor, company owner plead guilty to fraud

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans doctor and the owner of a
medical equipment company have pleaded guilty to participating in a
scheme to submit more than $775,000 in fraudulent Medicare claims.
Dr. Dahlia Kirkpatrick and Emmanuel Komandu, owner of
Baker-based Alpha Medical Solutions Inc., each face maximum prison
sentences of 10 years in prison following their guilty pleas Monday
to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Their sentencing by U.S.
District Judge Brian Jackson is set for Jan. 6.
Prosecutors said Kirkpatrick and Komandu submitted false claims
based on prescriptions for medically unnecessary medical equipment,
including power wheelchairs and feeding nutrients. Medicare paid
more than $300,000 on the fraudulent claims.

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