POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 5:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 5:34am
Baton Rouge, La — Eunice Sparrow, 68, and Uniecesco Smith, 30, both of Plaquemine, Louisiana, have been sentenced to prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Brian A. Jackson as a result of their roles in a two-year health care fraud scheme.
Smith was sentenced and ordered to serve a term of imprisonment of 14 months. Sparrow was sentenced this morning to serve a term of imprisonment of 12 months and 1 day. Each was ordered to serve a term of supervised release following her release from imprisonment, and to make restitution to the United States Department of Health & Human Services. Smith was also ordered to pay a $7,500 fine.
Smith and Sparrow previously entered guilty pleas, on February 22, 2012, to several counts of health care fraud. In their plea agreements, the defendants admitted that they knowingly aided and abetted a health care fraud scheme perpetrated by their co-defendant, Linda Jackson.
From April of 2007 through April of 2009, Jackson operated a company in Plaquemine, Louisiana called A&A Durable Medical Supply, and used the company to defraud Medicare by submitting false reimbursement claims to Medicare for items that the company had never provided. In their plea agreements, Sparrow and Smith admitted that they assisted Jackson in her scheme by completing and signing false delivery tickets and other fraudulent documents at Jackson’s direction. A&A kept the fraudulent documents in its patient files in an attempt to substantiate the fraudulent claims Jackson submitted to Medicare, and Jackson later provided the false documents to an auditor who requested the patient files in the course of an investigation into A&A’s claims. Jackson is awaiting sentencing.