- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The owner of an Omaha medical equipment company has been sentenced after being charged with health care fraud in November 2014.

Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced 61-year-old Clement Akara to five months in prison, five months of house arrest and three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay nearly $66,000 in restitution to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Medicaid Division.

Akara pleaded guilty to submitting false claims to Nebraska Medicaid for durable medical equipment, primarily nebulizers and nebulizer supplies, which he had not actually provided to anyone. He submitted 76 false claims for payment through his business, Statewide Medical Equipment, between November 2004 and August 2010.

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