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Missouri City couple who owned Houston group home convicted in $1 million health insurance fraud scheme: DOJ

HOUSTON – A Missouri City couple, who owned a group home in Houston, was found guilty by a federal jury of a million-dollar health insurance fraud scheme, as well as violations of the law federal anti-kickback, based on the US Department of Justice.

Lindell King, 52, and Ynedra Diggs, 44, were affected person recruiters who owned and operated group homes in which Medicare beneficiaries lived, based on court documents and evidence presented at trial . Instead of sending their group home residents to Behavioral Medicine of Houston, a group mental health center that claimed to provide partial inpatient services, BMH paid Diggs, King and other people recruiters involved cash and check bribes, usually hidden as a cost for “transportation” or various fictitious suppliers. During the conspiracy, BMH billed Medicare about $1 million, mostly based on bribes paid to Diggs and King.

Both Diggs and King were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and obtain bribes for health care, as well as several other material violations of the Anti-Corruption Act. kickback. The couple are expected to be sentenced on August 4.

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King faces up to 20 years in prison for all awards and Diggs faces up to 15 years in prison for all awards. A federal district court will decide any sentence after reviewing US sentencing guidelines and various statutory elements.

The HHS-OIG, FBI and MFCU investigated the matter.

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