By Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a south Georgia woman has been sentenced in a more than $4 million Medicaid fraud scheme.

Officials said Monday that 47-year-old Schella Logan Hope of Brunswick has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on charges of health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Hope was convicted in late November.

Prosecutors say Hope, a dietitian and former business owner, stole the identities of children under the age of 5 between 2005 and 2011 who were enrolled in Head Start programs throughout the state.

Authorities say Hope made fraudulent patient files, prescriptions and submitted more than $4 million in fraudulent Medicaid claims to the federal government for services that were never provided.

Officials have said Hope spent the money on luxury cars, designer clothes and vacations.



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