- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston-area man has been sentenced to six years in prison for a fraudulent health care scheme that netted him about $1.2 million in federal payouts.

Lawrence Tyler of Humble was sentenced Friday after earlier being found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, money laundering and other charges. The 42-year-old Tyler also must pay $1.24 million in restitution.

Tyler ran a medical equipment company and federal prosecutors say in 2007 and 2008 he schemed to defraud Medicare and Medicaid.

They say he illegally billed for equipment that was never delivered and relied on prescriptions from a doctor who never treated patients receiving the equipment.

Tyler submitted about $2.4 million in claims as part of the conspiracy.

Two others previously were convicted for their roles assisting in the scheme.

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