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Accountant Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison for Role in $50Million Fraud Scheme

An accountant who participated in and attempted to cover up a $50 million New Orleans-area Medicare fraud scheme was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for his involvement in the scheme.

Christopher White, 50, of Destrehan, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance of the Eastern District of Louisiana, who also ordered White to pay $2,272,241.96 in restitution.

According to admissions made in connection with his plea agreement, White was an accountant for multiple companies in a home health care fraud scheme carried out in and around New Orleans over the course of more than 10 years.  Among other things, White coordinated the payment of illegal kickbacks to patient recruiters who canvassed the streets of New Orleans to collect Medicare numbers from elderly and disabled Medicare recipients.  When a grand jury subpoena was issued to certain companies, he and others fabricated and backdated tax and employment records to conceal the fact that illegal kickbacks were being paid to these recruiters.

According to the plea agreement, from 2007 through 2014, the companies involved in the scheme submitted more than $56 million in claims to Medicare, the vast majority of which were fraudulent.  Medicare paid approximately $50.7 million on these claims.