Massage therapist gets prison time for fraud

July 2, 2010 12:46:49 PM PDT
A Lubbock massage therapist has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison and fined $1.6 million for healthcare fraud. Kawai Ary-Berry was sentenced Friday, three months after she was convicted of nine counts of healthcare fraud and one count of making a false statement.

Prosecutors say for about four years, the licensed massage therapist billed the worker's compensation program for physical therapy she didn't do.

They said she also billed the program for two patients after they stopped treatment with her and used false codes when billing for hots tubs and a sauna treatment she gave to some patients.

U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks says authorities began investigating Ary-Berry in 2008 after a tip that her claims seemed excessive.


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