Woman gets a year behind bars for Medicaid fraud

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut woman convicted of her role in two separate schemes to defraud Medicaid of millions of dollars has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Juliet Jacob was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $2.7 million in restitution.

Jacob and an accomplice operated two social and psychotherapy businesses in Bridgeport. Prosecutors say they billed Medicaid for services that were never provided from as early as January 2012. Prosecutors say they used the Medicaid provider numbers of two licensed health care providers who had neither rendered nor supervised any of the services that Jacob and her accomplice billed to Medicaid.

Jacob pleaded guilty in October.

Jacob, formerly of Bridgeport, currently lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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