Doctor sentenced for fraud scheme

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A New Orleans doctor has been sentenced for his role in a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Dr. Anthony Jase, 44, will spend 15 months in prison and will have to pay $360,000 in restitution for writing fraudulent prescriptions for medical equipment that were billed to Medicare.

Two companies, Lobdale Medical Services of Baton Rouge, and Psalms 23-DME of New Orleans allegedly paid Sandra Thompson and others to provide the names and personal information of Medicare beneficiaries in the New Orleans area and deliver them to Jase, who signed false prescriptions for power wheelchairs and other equipment.

Total billings to Medicare from Lobdale Medical Services topped $1 million.   Authorities say Psalms 23-DME billed Medicare for $230,000 in false claims.

The owner of Lobdale Medical Services, Young Anyanwu, and manager Beatrice Anyanwu pled guilty to fraud charges in August of 2012.  Sandra Thompson was convicted on similar charges in August 2012.

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