A federal judge in Texas sentenced a terminally ill woman to 75years in prison last month for bilking Medicare — an apparentrecord sentence for the U.S. Department of Justice for health carefraud.

Marie Neba, 53, of Sugar Land, Texas, was sentenced by U.S.District Judge Melinda Harmon of the Southern District of Texas oneight counts stemming from her role in a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Neba, the owner and director of nursing at a Houston home healthagency, was convicted after a two-week jury trial lastNovember.

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Kristen Rasmussen

Kristen Rasmussen is an Atlanta-based reporter who covers corporate law departments and in-house attorneys.