Health Care Fraud: Texas Hospice CEO Gets 15 Years Jail Time; Florida Businesswoman Faces 13 Years Prison Sentence

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The CEO of Merida Group, a health care company operating dozens of hospice, nursing homes, and group homes in Texas, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for committing health care fraud and money laundering scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

In Flordia, the Justice Department said a businesswoman pleaded guilty to criminal health care fraud and tax fraud and is facing a maximum penalty of 13 years in federal prison.

Merida Group CEO Henry McInnis supervised a  $154 million health care fraud

In November 2019, Merida Group CEO Henry McInnis was convicted by a federal jury of six counts of health care fraud. The jury also found him guilty of one count each of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and obstruction of justice.

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Rodney Mesquias, the owner of Merida Group, was also convicted of six counts of health care fraud. He was also found guilty of one count each of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, and obstruction of justice.