Sixth man sentenced in scheme to defraud medicare
POSTED: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 10:53am
UPDATED: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 11:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA. (NBC33) — A New Iberia man has been sentenced to serve a forty-two month prison sentence for defrauding Medicare.
United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., announced today that Chief United States District Judge Brian Jackson sentenced Ray Kirt, 45, a resident of New Iberia, Louisiana. Kirt was sentenced to serve forty-two months in prison, to pay restitution of $1,063,873 to Medicare, to forfeit the gross proceeds of his scheme to defraud Medicare, and to three years supervised release after imprisonment.
Kirt had previously pled guilty to two counts of health care fraud. Kirt is the sixth defendant convicted and sentenced in the scheme to defraud the Medicare program by submitting false and fraudulent claims for psychotherapy services that
were not provided.
Previously, Judge Jackson sentenced Kirt’s co-defendant Peggy Mingo to serve 8 months in a halfway house and 3 years on probation for her part in aiding the scheme to defraud Medicare.
Earlier in March 2011, other participants in the scheme to defraud Medicare were sentenced. Judge Jackson sentenced co-defendant Alton Bates, an attorney in Baton Rouge, to thirty-four months in prison; Robert Ivory Levy, 59, to fifteen months imprisonment; and Juanita Anderson Hilton, age 42, to three years probation with a condition that she serve six months in a local halfway house. Both Levy and Anderson Hilton were licensed clinical social workers who used their professional status to assist the scheme to defraud. Levy was ordered to pay restitution of $120,946.89 to Medicare, and to three years supervised release after imprisonment. Anderson Hilton was ordered to repay $89,450 to Medicare.