- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The operator of a Houston medical supplies company could be sentenced to more than 150 years in prison over a scam involving feeding tubes.

A federal jury in Houston late Wednesday convicted Andrea Michelle Tellison in what prosecutors say was a nearly $1.5 million billing scheme.

Tellison was convicted of 14 counts of health care fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft. Each fraud count carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The ID theft include mandatory prison terms of at least two years per count.

Prosecutors say Tellison was director of operations and co-owner of Texas Durable Medical Company. Testimony from six Medicare beneficiaries indicated they did not need or received feeding tubes or supplies but Tellison billed Medicare anyway and never purchased the items.

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