HOUSTON (AP) - A federal jury in Houston has convicted a businesswoman of health care fraud for $2.4 million in bogus Medicare billings related to her ambulance company.
Prosecutors say Gwendolyn Climmons-Johnson faces up to 50 years in prison when she's sentenced early next year. Jurors convicted Climmons-Johnson of one count of conspiracy and four counts of health care fraud in cases since 2010.
Investigators say Climmons-Johnson owned and operated Urgent Response EMS. The company provided non-emergency ambulance services to Medicare beneficiaries in the Houston area.
Prosecutors say Climmons-Johnson, who was convicted Wednesday, submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare for ambulance services that were medically unnecessary and/or not provided.