CHANDLER, Okla. – Two women were found guilty of several charges stemming from their work at an Oklahoma hospice center.
Paula Kluding and Patricia Carter were connected to Prairie View Hospice, Inc.
Kluding was the corporation’s owner, while Carter was the facility’s general manager.
According to prosecutors, hospice patients relied on the business for health care.
However, they claim the company attempted to hide the true medical conditions of patients and the quality of health care services they were obtaining.
Authorities say it was all part of a plan to make sure the facility passed a Medicare audit, along with fraudulently getting money from the program.
According to evidence presented at trial, certain documentation was falsified to make it seem like nurses had visited patients when no such visits actually occurred.
Nursing notes were also falsified to make it appear that patients were sicker than they actually were in order to justify the patient’s continued hospice care.
Kluding was found guilty on 39 separate counts relating to Medicare fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of a federal audit and making false statements in health care matter.
Carter pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of a federal audit.
Kluding was sentenced 3 years in prison for committing Medicare fraud. She also has to pay over $2.5 million in restitution to Medicare. Once released from prison, Kluding will spend three years on supervised released.
Carter faces five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.