Doctor At Heart Of $374M Medicare Fraud Gets 35 Years

By Jess Krochtengel (August 9, 2017, 5:30 PM EDT) -- A Texas doctor described by federal prosecutors as a "menace" who orchestrated a $374 million Medicare fraud — the single largest in the country's history — was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison, a term the judge said he intended to be an effective life sentence.

U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay said from the bench that he believes in imposing realistic, practical sentences, and that the statutory maximum of 105 years for the 12 health care fraud-related convictions for Jacques Roy, 60, far exceeds the duration of a human life. For the 60-year-old doctor, who has been in custody since...

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