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Ollie Futrell sentenced for Medicare fraud

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A home health care recruiter is heading to federal prison after FOX 4 News exposed her wheeling and dealing with Medicare patients.

Ollie Futrell wasn't just signing up patients who didn't need Medicare, she was paying them kickbacks to stay in the program.

She walked into the federal courthouse this week uncertain of her fate. She was hoping for probation but it didn't happen.

Futrell was sentenced to just less than three years in prison and the judge ordered her to pay more than $800,000 in restitution.

Undercover FOX 4 video helped prosecutors seal the deal.

In October 2010, a hidden camera caught Futrell offering patients $100 per month to sign up for Medicare and stay on home health care even though they didn't need it.

When later approached she denied everything.

Futrell worked alongside two nurses. Those women, along with their husbands, operated Alliance Healthcare Services in North Dallas. Both couples are also facing prison time and restitution for fraudulently billing Medicare more than $1 million.

In court Futrell told Judge Jane Boyle she was embarrassed and sorry for the choices she had made. She admitted it was easy money.

The judge said too many people are using the government's money as their personal piggy bank. Futrell will have three years to think about that.

She reports to prison on Aug. 1 and the owners of Alliance are scheduled for sentencing in July.

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