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Health Care Fraud: When a federal judge in Texas sentenced a 52-year-old Dallas woman to 10 years in prison recently—and ordered her to pay more than $23 million in restitution to Medicare and Medicaid—it marked the end of a massive health care fraud case in which the government was systematically defrauded and the care of vulnerable patients was placed at risk.

Cynthia Stiger was the last of seven defendants to be sentenced in the long-running scheme. The ringleader, Dr. Jacques Roy, received a 35-year sentence in August 2017 and was ordered to repay the government more than $268 million. Roy and his co-conspirators—some of them nurses—perpetrated a home health care fraud that involved thousands of patients over a period of eight years.

“It’s sad when people in the medical community who enjoy a level of trust and responsibility choose to callously take advantage of sick and elderly patients,” said Special Agent Chelsie Drews, who investigated the case from the FBI’s Dallas Division. “But that is exactly what happened here.”

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Health Care Fraud: When a federal judge in Texas sentenced a 52-year-old Dallas woman to 10 years in prison recently—and ordered her to pay more than $23 million in restitution to Medicare and Medicaid—it marked the end of a massive health care fraud case in which the government was systematically defrauded and the care of vulnerable patients was placed at risk.Cynthia Stiger was the last of seven defendants to be sentenced in the long-running scheme. The ringleader, Dr. Jacques Roy, received a 35-year sentence in August 2017 and was ordered to repay the government more than $268 million. Roy and his co-conspirators—some of them nurses—perpetrated a home health care fraud that involved thousands of patients over a period of eight years.“It’s sad when people in the medical community who enjoy a level of trust and responsibility choose to callously take advantage of sick and elderly patients,” said Special Agent Chelsie Drews, who investigated the case from the FBI’s Dallas Division. “But that is exactly what happened here.”