Ex-Houston doctor gets nearly 6 years for fraud

November 15, 2011 4:30:29 AM PST
A former Houston doctor must serve nearly six years in prison and repay the government more than $3.8 million over health care fraud.

A federal judge in Houston on Monday sentenced 42-year-old Armando Chavez, who did procedures to repair varicose veins. He owned Chavez Medical Group, which prosecutors say improperly billed Medicare and Medicaid between 2005 and 2007.

Prosecutors say Chavez was charged in April and later pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of mail fraud. He received a five-year prison term for conspiracy and 70 months behind bars for each mail fraud charge, all to be served concurrently.

No date has been set for Chavez to report to prison.

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