Ex-CEO pleads guilty in kickback case involving California health clinics

The former CEO of Merced, Calif.-based Horisons Unlimited, a nonprofit chain of health clinics, pleaded guilty Aug. 13 to healthcare fraud and conspiracy to receive kickbacks, according to the Department of Justice.

Sandra Haar, the former CEO, orchestrated a scheme to bill Medicare and Medi-Cal for services that were not reimbursable between January 2014 and March 2017, according to the Justice Department. For example, she billed Medi-Cal for office visits with licensed physicians when patients were dispensed Suboxone, an opioid medication, in McDonald's and Rite Aid parking lots.

In addition, Ms. Haar received cash kickbacks from an account executive at a laboratory for using it for Horisons patients' lab testing.

Ms. Haar made more than $3.7 million from the fraud scheme, according to the Justice Department. Her sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 28.

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