- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baker woman accused of defrauding Louisiana to the tune of $1 million-plus in a Medicaid fraud scheme has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Even though 38-year-old Chanda Hall pleaded guilty in April to a racketeering charge, The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/2aAG8BX) she pleaded Tuesday with District Judge Beau Higginbotham for home incarceration and insisted she “didn’t steal anything.”

Hall, who described herself as a one-time successful business owner, argued she would be a “better asset” if allowed to remain in the community. She also blamed employees of her Zachary home health care company, Empowering Care Services LLC, for her legal predicament.

Higginbotham said it was Hall’s decision to plead guilty in the spring.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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