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Aug 19, 2014 7:32 AM by AP

Woman sentenced to 8 years in Medicare fraud case

A Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for orchestrating an elaborate scheme to bilk Medicare out of hundreds of millions of dollars for unnecessary or never-provided services.

The Advocate reports 54-year-old Hoor Naz Jafri also has been ordered to repay $43.5 million as restitution, along with an undetermined amount of ill-gotten profits she amassed. Jafri previously had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud as well as conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks.

She is one of 17 people convicted in a wide-ranging investigation that began in 2011.

Jafri is a naturalized citizen and a native of India.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Jackson issued the sentence on Monday.


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