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Podiatrist convicted of defrauding Medicare of $1.4M

May 16, 2019 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A podiatrist who formerly practiced in the St. Louis area faces sentencing in August after being convicted in a scheme that defrauded Medicare of more than $1.4 million.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Dawn Rhodes of Atlanta was convicted Thursday of eight counts of engaging in a scheme to defraud Medicare and submitting false claims to Medicare. The conviction followed a four-day trial in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

Authorities say Rhodes falsely claimed that she provided routine nail care to nursing home and residential care patients. In fact, federal prosecutors say those patients never received the care or even had conditions that would require such care.