- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A lawyer for a Seattle doctor accused of turning in phony Medicare claims that included reports of nursing home visits to patients who were dead says his client should receive a sentence of probation.

John C. Chen is charged in federal court in North Dakota with six counts, including health care fraud and false statements related to health care. He is scheduled for a plea hearing and sentencing Monday.

Defense attorney Robert Flennaugh II says Chen plans to plead guilty to one count of possession of an access device. Flennaugh says the government agrees with a recommendation of one year of probation.

The case is being tried in North Dakota because Fargo-based Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC processes and pays Medicare Part B claims in Washington state.

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