Fake Doctor Gets 12 Years For Medicare Fraud, Records Theft

Law360, New York (April 12, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge Wednesday handed down a 12-year prison sentence to a woman who posed as a doctor to steal records of 1,000 patients and defraud Medicare in a multimillion-dollar scheme that funded purchases of a mansion and luxury cars, prosecutors said.

Helene Michel, who was convicted in August on three criminal counts, from 2003 to 2007 used her position as owner of a medical equipment firm and pretended to be a physician, a nurse and a wound care expert so she could swipe...
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