Years after massive raid, schemer ordered to pay $43 million
BATON ROUGE- A 54-year-old woman was sentenced to 102 months in prison and was ordered to pay $43,528, 584 in restitution for being part of one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes.
Hoor Naz Jafri owned Shifa Community Mental Health Center of Baton Rouge, Serenity Center of Baton Rouge, and Shifa Community Mental Health Center of Texas. Prosecutors said in a period of seven years, the companies billed Medicare for partial hospitalization program services for the mentally ill that were unnecessary or never provided. The companies, collectively, submitted more than $258 million in claims to Medicare during this period. Medicare paid approximately $43.5 million on those claims.
In all, 17 people were convicted for being part of the scheme.
Authorities raided the businesses three years ago. Click HERE to read more about the raids. Click HERE to read a follow up report about the raids and people who said they were unknowingly involved in the scheme.
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