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Nov 17, 2009 5:47 PM

N.O. woman gets prison for Medicaid fraud plot

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A New Orleans woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in a scheme to bill the Medicaid program for nearly $4 million in fraudulent claims.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon also on Tuesday ordered 36-year-old Akasia Lee to pay about $3.9 million in restitution and a $1 million fine.

Lee owned and operated A New Beginning of New Orleans Inc., which billed for providing personal care services to children who were Medicaid recipients.

Federal prosecutors say Lee and four others who worked at A New Beginning conspired to forge and falsify prescriptions, time sheets and other documents in claims for Medicaid payments.

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