A Dallas woman and a Waxahachie doctor who
pleaded guilty in a $60 million Medicare fraud scheme — one of the
largest in U.S. history — are headed to federal prison.
Parcon, 62, was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison and ordered
to pay more than $51 million in restitution, according the U.S.
attorney's office in Dallas.
Dr. Ransome Etindi was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and ordered to cough up $18 million.
other North Texans — Dr. Noble U. Ezukanma, 56, of Fort Worth; Lita S.
Dejesus, 70, of Allen; Oliva A. Padilla, 57, of Garland; and Ben P.
Gaines, 55, of Plano — were also indicted in what former Attorney
General Loretta Lynch referred to in the summer of 2015 as the "largest
criminal health care fraud takedown in the history of the Department of
Dejesus, who has also pleaded guilty in the
case, was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $4 million
Ezukanma was convicted in the scheme
in March and is awaiting sentencing. Padilla and Gaines are also
awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty.
Similar schemes are believed to have been carried out by hundreds of home health care agencies in North Texas in recent years.
August, former Rockwall physician Jacques Roy was sentenced to 35 years
in prison for running a $373 million scheme, billed as the largest ever
orchestrated by a single doctor.
Authorities say Roy, 60, and his accomplices
recruited the homeless, among others, to submit bogus claims in
exchange for cash, food stamps and groceries.
Authorities say Parcon, Ezukanma and Dejesus
owned US Physician Home Visits, also known as Healthcare Liaison
Professionals Inc., on Viceroy Drive in Dallas. Medicare billing for the
company was authorized by the two doctors, Ezukanma and Etindi.
a native of Kenya, had his medical license suspended in 2011 after he
had sex with a patient, according to the Texas Medical Board.
The group's scheme to defraud Medicare began in January 2009 and lasted until June 2013, court records show.
three companies "reversed the home health process" by requesting home
health care for patients whether they were homebound or not.