- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A registered nurse who owned a medical supply company was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles to four years in federal prison for her role in an $8.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder sentenced 43-year-old Olufunke Ibiyemi Fadojutimi and also ordered the payment of nearly $4.4 million in restitution, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Fadojutimi, a former owner of Lutemi Medical Supply in Carson, falsely billed Medicare for more than $8 million in unnecessary medical equipment.

A jury convicted her last July of health care fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

Authorities say that between September 2003 and May 2010, the nurse and others paid cash kickbacks to patient recruiters in exchange for referrals and kickbacks to physicians for fraudulent prescriptions for medically unnecessary medical equipment such as power wheelchairs.

They then used the prescriptions for fraudulent claim to Medicare.

A total of about $8.3 million in false and fraudulent claims were submitted to Medicare under this scheme and the nurse and others received almost $4.3 million from them.

The case was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which was created in 2007 and now operates in nine cities across the country.

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