A Morgan City woman was sentenced Thursday in Baton Rouge to eight months in a halfway house and three years of probation for participation in a health-care scam that defrauded Medicare of more than $1 million.
U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson said Peggy Elizabeth Wiggins Mingo, 58, received less than $2,200 from the scheme led by former Baton Rouge lawyer and businessman Alton Bates.
In March, Jackson sentenced Bates, 63, to 34 months in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $1,063,873 to the nation’s insurer for the elderly and disabled.
Mingo pleaded guilty in an agreement witnessed by her attorney, Edward J. Gonzales, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rene I. Salomon and Catherine M. Maraist.
Jackson ordered Mingo to pay restitution of $104,000 to Medicare.
Bates, Mingo and several other people used the Baton Rouge firm of Above and Beyond LLC to submit bogus bills for psychotherapy services to Medicare, according to signed admissions.
Baton Rouge residents Robert Ivory Levy, 60, and Juanita A. Hilton, 43, also have admitted participation in the scheme.
Levy was sentenced in March to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $120,946. Hilton was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $89,450.
Franklin resident Ray Anthony Kirt, 45, also has pleaded guilty in the case. Kirt is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6.