The convicted owner-operators of a Zachary health care company were sentenced to federal prison Thursday and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the state for their roles in a Medicaid fraud scheme, federal and state authorities announced.
Extraordinary Care Network Inc. owner Barbara A. Sadler, 63, was sentenced to 44 months, and company Chief Financial Officer Sedric C. Blakes, 42, was ordered to spend three years behind bars.
In addition to the restitution, Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ordered Sadler and Blakes, both of Zachary, to each forfeit $1.2 million in proceeds from their fraudulent scheme.
Sadler and Blakes admitted last fall to documenting one-on-one services that weren’t provided as represented, fabricating progress notes and forging signatures of unwitting company employees to support the bogus claims.
U.S. Attorney Walt Green said his office’s partnerships with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Fraud Section and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit “continue to root out fraud and wrongdoing.”
“We will continue to aggressively pursue those who steal from the Medicare and Medicaid programs,” he stated.