Arlington doctor gets 10 years for health care fraud

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DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a $3 million Medicare billing scam.

Dr. Joseph Megwa of Arlington was sentenced Wednesday in Dallas. The 60-year-old doctor in May was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud.

 

Megwa was also convicted of four counts of making false statements over Medicare claims in cases since 2006.

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Prosecutors say the government was billed for medical services not needed or never provided.

 

A home health care manager and registered nurse, Ebolose Eghobor of Grand Prairie, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in the case. The 49-year-old nurse was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.

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Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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