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Businessman gets 2 years for Medicare and Medicaid overbilling
Divyesh Patel gets 2 years and ordered to pay $2 million
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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A Northeast Ohio businessman has been ordered to pay nearly $2 million and to serve two years in prison for overbilling Medicaid and Medicare. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia has more on the latest prosecution of health-care fraud in the region.
Businessman gets 2 years for Medicare and Medicaid overbilling

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Divyesh “David” Patel of Orange pleaded guilty last year to the charges involving his company, Alpine Nursing Care. Justice Department spokesman Mike Tobin says the North Randall firm’s scheme ran from 2006 to 2009.
“His company provided home health aides. And, essentially, he would bill for services that were never provided. Or he would forge signatures for services that were never provided.  In addition, one of his employees was a convicted felon. And by law, they are not allowed to work as home health aides.”
The employee, Belita Mable Bush, was hired as an office manager but had been convicted of a health-care related felony. She pleaded guilty to making a false statement and is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 20.
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