Doctors Get Decade for|$97M Medicare Fraud

      HOUSTON (CN) – Two doctor-owners of a Houston-area mental health clinic were sentenced Monday to 12 and 10 years in federal prison for a $97 million Medicare fraud scheme.
     A group home owner who took kickbacks for sending residents to the clinic also was sentenced to 4½ years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
     Drs. Mansour Sanjar, 81, and Cyrus Sajadi, 67, owners of Spectrum Care P.A., were convicted by a federal jury in March 2014 of conspiracy, health care fraud and paying and taking kickbacks.
     Chandra Nunn, 36, the group home owner, was convicted of conspiracy and taking and paying illegal kickbacks.
     Sanjar and Sajadi were ordered to pay $8.1 million in restitution and Nunn to pay $1.9 million.
     Co-defendants Adam Main, Shokoufeh Hakimi, Sharonda Holmes and Shawn Manney were also convicted and will be sentenced on Jan. 20.
     Sanjar and Sajadi ran the scheme for 5 years, prosecutors said. They billed Medicare for services that were not needed and sometimes not performed.

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