LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles woman has pleaded guilty to involvement in a Medicare fraud scheme that bilked the health system out of nearly $6.3 million.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Carolyn Ann Vasquez pleaded guilty to conspiracy Monday before a federal judge in Los Angeles. Under a plea bargain, she’s facing up to 10 years in prison.

Authorities say that from 2007 to 2008, Vasquez and others recruited doctors for phony Los Angeles medical clinics, stole their Medicare provider numbers and billed the system for services that the physicians never performed.

Prosecutors say Medicare also was billed for medical equipment, tests and power wheelchairs that were never ordered.

It’s the second such plea for Vasquez. In 1993, she acknowledged involvement in a $41 million telemarketing scheme that targeted government-funded health care programs.

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Comments (5)
  1. Vorig says:

    “Vasquez” is sure funny for an Armenian surname.

  2. c-man says:

    She should have to pay every cent of it back via hard labor. Once again, a filthy hispanic. When will we put a stop to letting all these hispanics come to America?

  3. Mexicans Work Harder Than You says:

    Her family have probably been Americans longer than your pale monkey a$$.

  4. Needs To Serve A Life Sentence says:

    I only ask why she is not serving life in prison. When the money runs dry and there are no more resources to pay for healthcare. People are going to die. There should be a new charge called “Anticipated Murder” and give her a life sentence. She will only be 56 when she gets out, pending she serves all of it, she will come and do it again. Lastly, she probably worked for an Armenian. After all Armenians are not successful at directly targeting Hispanic beneficiaries.

  5. Mary says:

    I do to me best to evoid the survices but iI dont take nathing. iI wurk the Molly survjce for mine family. it is werong.

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