BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for falsifying Medicare and Medicaid claims for wheelchairs.
Lula Thurman of Humble received the 46-month sentence Wednesday as a result of pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
The 61-year-old Thurman filed claims for wheelchairs supposedly damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita that the government says didn’t exist.
The scheme netted nearly $484,000, and Thurman was ordered to pay restitution in that amount.
She entered the plea last October after being indicted five months earlier.
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