- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans woman has pleaded not guilty to charges her home health care company bilked Medicare for millions of dollars in fraudulent services.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1G7888G ) Lisa Crinel entered her plea Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael North.

Prosecutors allege Crinel’s Abide Home Care Services operated a kickback scheme that paid doctors to order unnecessary home healthcare treatment for Medicare recipients recruited by Abide employees. Nurses working for Abide are accused of helping Abide pad Medicare billings that totaled $30 million.

Crinel’s $100,000 bond was the highest set for any of the 20 people charged, all of whom entered not guilty pleas. Crinel’s lawyer, Charles Marshall, said after the hearing that Crinel would be “vindicated at trial.”

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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