Ohio man sentenced in $1.9M health care fraud
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 20 July 2013 14:52

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A Cleveland-area man accused of overbilling Medicaid and Medicare by more than $1 million has been sentenced to two years in prison after his conviction on federal health fraud charges.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says 39-year-old Divyesh Patel also was sentenced this week to pay $1.9 million in restitution to the Ohio Department of Medicaid.

The owner and president of Alpine Nursing Care Inc. in North Randall pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and four counts of health care fraud.

Authorities say Patel and an employee conspired to defraud Medicaid by billing for health care services never provided or improperly billed between June 1, 2006, and October 18, 2009.

Patel's employee was convicted on related charges and will be sentenced next month.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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