Houston sisters sentenced to federal prison

April 8, 2009 10:04:22 AM PDT
A federal judge in Victoria has sentenced two sisters to prison without parole for conspiring to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Thirty-seven-year-old Brenda Davis Miller of Kingwood and her 46-year-ols sister, Dorothy Ann Hawkins of Houston, pleaded guilty last fall to conspiring to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. Miller also pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Miller was sentenced Tuesday to about eight years in prison for each of her two counts, with the sentences to be served concurrently. Hawkins was sentenced to about four years.

Miller owned and operated AA Better Medical Supply, while Hawkins owned and operated Genesis Medical Supply, both in the Houston area. They were convicted after admitting they submitted fraudulent bills to Medicare and Medicaid for motorized wheelchairs and related accessories between 2002 and 2004, the news release said.

U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey ordered Miller to pay restitution to Medicare and Medicaid of about $1.2 million. Hawkins was ordered to pay about $1.1 million.

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