Florida audiologist Terri L. Schneider was sentenced to 94 months in prison and to pay $2.5 million in restitution for her role in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme. According to evidence presented at trial, Schneider and her co-conspirators used three purported medical clinics in Florida — Cornerstone Health Specialists, Summit Health Specialists and Coastal Health Specialists — to submit approximately $12.3 million in false Medicare claims seeking reimbursement for radiology, audiology, cardiology and neurology services. The evidence showed that Schneider and her co-conspirators used forged and falsified documents in the Medicare enrollment process for the medical clinics that they operated under false pretenses, and billed Medicare for services that had not been rendered by physicians. They also paid illegal kickbacks in exchange for access to Medicare patients and Medicare patient information used in the fraud scheme. DOJ
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