After a seven-day jury trial, Sharon Iglehart, 58, was convicted with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of health care fraud and three counts of making false statements relating to health care matters.
Iglehart and other Riverside General Hospital employees submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare for partial hospitalization program (PHP) services. PHP is a program used to treat mental illness and substance abuse as the patient continues to live at home. According to the allegations and the jury’s verdict, not only did the Medicare beneficiaries not receive PHP services, but they rarely even visited a psychiatrist. Iglehart billed Medicare for individual psychotherapy and falsified patients’ medical records to make it look like psychiatric treatment was provided.
Iglehart was initially arrested in December 2013. She was released on $50,000 bail pending trial. She went to trial before U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. of the Southern District of Texas, with famed criminal defense attorney Rusty Hardin, who represented Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemons, on her side. Now, she is currently scheduled to be sentenced on December 5, 2015.
Twelve other accomplices have been charged for their role in the scheme. Of these people, include former president of Riverside, Earnest Gibson III, who was sentenced to 45 years in prison. In additio, Riverside assistant administrator, Mohammad Khan, was sentenced to 40 years in prison even after pleading guilty. Gibson and Khan received some of the countries longest sentences for health care fraud