Dad, Daughter To Repay Millions For Health Care Fraud

HOUSTON (AP) — A father and daughter from Houston have been sentenced to prison and must each repay $8.6 million over government health care fraud.

A federal judge in Houston on Tuesday sentenced 56-year-old James Reese to 15 years in prison and 26-year-old Lia St. Junius to more than 11 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Reese previously operated a company linked to fraudulent health care-related claims. He’s barred from being a government health-care provider.

Documents submitted in 2004 by St. Junius, to enroll The Mobility Store as a Medicare and Medicaid provider, did not indicate that Reese was involved.

Reese pleaded guilty to health care fraud and tax evasion. St. Junius was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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