Ex-Fla. Hospital Director Gets 6 Years For $70M Medicare Fraud

Law360, Miami (May 2, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Friday sentenced the former head of an outpatient program at a mental health hospital to six years in prison for her role in a Medicare fraud and bribery scheme that fraudulently billed the government $70 million.

U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez handed down a 72-month sentence to Michele Petrie, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who was convicted in July on various counts of wire fraud, health care fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud and to pay bribes, stemming from her role in the fraudulent billings scheme run out of mental health facility Hollywood Pavilion.

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