- Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2017

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A federal jury has found a former administrator of a Shreveport mental health facility guilty of paying kickbacks to a patient recruiter who had no medical background.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s Office says 64-year-old Tom McCardell of Lafayette was found guilty Thursday of 14 criminal counts.

Prosecutors said McCardell illegally paid an unqualified Alabama resident to recruit and refer patients to Physicians Behavior Hospital in Shreveport. To help disguise the scheme, McCardell had the health facility set up an employee file in the name of the recruiter’s son.

The unqualified recruiter was paid $41,000. And, as a result of the arrangement, the hospital was paid more than $1.2 million by Medicare for the illegally recruited patients.

McCardell awaits sentencing and could get five years for each of the 14 counts.

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