A Plaquemine woman was sentenced to five years in federal prison Thursday in Baton Rouge after admitting she led a $300,000 Medicare fraud scheme that also resulted in prison terms for her mother and daughter.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson ordered Linda M. Jackson, 51, no relation, into immediate federal custody after she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He also ordered her to pay restitution of $297,523 to Medicare, the nation’s tax-funded insurer for the elderly and disabled.
In a plea agreement she signed with her attorney, Glen R. Petersen, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alan A. Stevens and J. Christopher Dippel Jr., Jackson admitted defrauding Medicare of $297,523 between April 2007 and April 2009.
As outlined in the court record she signed, Jackson said she managed the Plaquemine firm of A&A Durable Medical Supply and used the firm’s documents to steal federal funds.
She admitted billing Medicare for more than 80 power wheelchairs or power scooters that were never delivered to any patients.
Medicare also paid for more than 60 cranial cervical orthotics that were never delivered to any of its beneficiaries, Jackson admitted.
To accomplish her frauds, Jackson said, she prepared fictional physician order forms and bogus equipment delivery tickets.
“Jackson also directed others to prepare similar fraudulent documents for other beneficiaries,” she said in her signed admission.
Eunice Sparrow, Linda Jackson’s 69-year-old mother, pleaded guilty last year to three counts of aiding and abetting health care fraud.
Judge Jackson sentenced Sparrow to a year in prison in July 2012 and ordered her to pay $41,650 in restitution to Medicare. That was after Sparrow admitted helping her daughter submit fraudulent claims to Medicare.
Uniecesco Smith, Linda Jackson’s 31-year-old daughter, was sentenced to a prison term of 14 months in July 2012 and ordered to pay restitution of $14,459.
Smith had pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting health care fraud by helping her mother submit fraudulent claims to Medicare.
Linda Jackson must serve more than four years of her prison term before she can seek early release.