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Missouri City couple who owned Houston group home convicted in $1 million Medicare fraud scheme: DOJ

HOUSTON – A Missouri City couple, who owned a group home in Houston, was convicted by a federal jury for a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme, together with violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, based on the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lindell King, 52, and Ynedra Diggs, 44, have been affected person recruiters who owned and operated group houses in which Medicare beneficiaries lived, based on courtroom paperwork and proof offered at trial. In alternate for sending their group home residents to Behavioral Medicine of Houston, a group psychological well being middle that purported to supply partial hospitalization providers, BMH paid Diggs, King, and different affected person recruiters kickbacks in money and by verify, usually hid as cost for “transportation” or different sham providers. Over the course of the conspiracy, BMH billed roughly $1 million to Medicare primarily based on kickbacks paid to Diggs and King.

Both Diggs and King have been convicted of a conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and obtain well being care kickbacks, and several other substantive violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute. The couple is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 4.

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King faces as much as 20 years in jail on all prices and Diggs faces as much as 15 years in jail on all prices. A federal district courtroom decide will decide any sentence after contemplating the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and different statutory elements.

The HHS-OIG, FBI, and MFCU investigated the case.

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