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Harvey Woman Sentenced for Role in Health Care Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s Office October 01, 2009
  • Eastern District of Louisiana (504) 680-3000

NEW ORLEANS, LA—CRYSTAL BLACK, age 36, a resident of Harvey, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan to five (5) months imprisonment for one count of health care fraud and pay restitution to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in the amount of $71,712, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, following the term of imprisonment, the defendant was ordered to serve five (5) months of home incarceration and three (3) years of supervised release, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risk additional imprisonment should she violate any terms of the supervision.

According to court records, on November 4, 2008, BLACK pled guilty to one count of health care fraud which took place while she was an employee of A New Beginning of New Orleans, Inc., a Medicaid provider formally located in Harvey, Louisiana, that made claims for Personal Care Services it claimed to have provided to Medicaid recipients.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the Louisiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Patrice Harris Sullivan, Jordan Ginsberg and G. Dall Kammer.

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