Two Nevada women received federal prison terms Tuesday for defrauding the Nevada Medicaid program out of roughly $1 million.
Susan Hill, 66, of Las Vegas was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release. She pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.
Cassandra Little, 49, of Reno was sentenced to 33 months in prison and three years of supervised release. She pleaded guilty to 28 counts of health care fraud and 10 counts of money laundering.
In Reno, Senior U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben also ordered both women to pay $81,400 in restitution.
“As this case demonstrates, health care fraud is a serious criminal offense with serious consequences that can land you in federal prison,” Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said in a news release.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto added, “We hope today’s prison sentence and combined restitution of approximately $81,000 sends a strong message to others who may consider stealing from taxpayers. We will not tolerate those that take advantage of the system.”
Between January 2007 and January 2011, Hill and Little fraudulently billed the Nevada Medicaid program $1 million for expensive therapy-related services such as psychosocial rehabilitation and basic skills training that were never provided, according to court records.
The case was jointly prosecuted by the U.S. attorney’s office and the Nevada attorney general’s office.
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