Bryan Woman Gets 11 Years for Health Care Fraud

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HOUSTON (AP) - A Central Texas medical supply operator has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison in a nearly $3.4 million health care fraud scheme.

Prosecutors in Houston on Wednesday announced the penalty for 42-year-old Yolanda Nowlin of Bryan. Nowlin must also repay more than $850,000 to government programs.

A federal jury last September convicted Nowlin of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to commit kickback fraud and aiding and abetting Social Security fraud.

Investigators say Nowlin, who was sentenced Tuesday, ran two durable medical equipment companies and Carla Parnell of Bryan was an office manager. The fraudulent claims involved operations from 2003 through 2009.

Parnell awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to Social Security fraud and testifying against Nowlin.

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