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Harvey woman pleads guilty in illegal kickback investigation

Federal prosecutors announce guilty plea in kickback probe (source: Flickr) Federal prosecutors announce guilty plea in kickback probe (source: Flickr)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Eleshia Williams, age 45, of Harvey, pled guilty today to one count of conspiracy to receive illegal kickbacks. 

On March 12, 2015, Williams was indicted along with 19 other defendants in a 26-count indictment charging approximately $30,052,295 in Medicare fraud.

According to court documents, Williams was a marketer for Abide Home Health Care Services, Inc. (Abide), a Louisiana home health agency. Prosecutors say Williams contacted an Abide employee to confirm that the person she fraudulently referred for home health was a Medicare beneficiary.

Once it was determined the referred individual was a Medicare beneficiary, an Abide co-conspirator scheduled a physician visit, usually with an Abide House Doctor – also a co-conspirator – well knowing that the individual referral to Abide was by a Marketer, instead of the beneficiary's own health care professional. 

Williams faces a maximum term of five years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for September 21, 2016.

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