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Posted: May 23, 2014 8:29 AM

Updated: May 23, 2014 8:29 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A Baton Rouge woman and a Houston man are awaiting a September sentencing in federal court following their convictions on conspiracy and other charges in a $258 million Medicare fraud scheme.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1kas4My) Roslyn Dogan, 53, and James R. Hunter, 49, were found guilty Wednesday after a six-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge.

Fifteen people, including Baton Rouge psychiatrist Zahid Imran, already had pleaded guilty in the massive scheme. Imran pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and is to be sentenced Aug. 28.

Dogan was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and two counts of health care fraud. Hunter was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson will sentence the pair Sept. 19.

Federal prosecutors said the three facilities involved in the scheme Shifa Community Mental Health Center of Baton Rouge and Serenity Center of Baton Rouge, and Shifa Community Mental Health Center of Texas in Houston filed fraudulent claims for psychiatric services that were unnecessary or never actually provided.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

Topics: Medicare Fraud

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