Owner, CFO of Louisiana healthcare company get prison time for fraud

Barbara Sadler, the 63-year-old owner of Extraordinary Care Network, a Baton Rouge, La.-area attendant care services company, has been sentenced to 44 months in prison for her role in a scheme to defraud the Louisiana Medicaid program of more than $1 million, according to the Department of Justice.

The company's CFO Sedric C. Blakes, 42, has been ordered to spend three years behind bars for his role in the scheme.

Ms. Sadler admitted that her and others submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid, which falsely represented that one-on-one services had been provided by ECN. Mr. Blakes admitted that he would fabricate progress notes and forge signatures of other employees in support of the false claims, according to the DOJ.

In addition to their prison terms, Mr. Blakes and Ms. Sadler were ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

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