Hospice owner sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for multimillion dollar fraud scheme


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OXFORD, Mississippi — The owner of a Mississippi hospice has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for her role in multimillion dollar Medicare fraud scheme.

Regina Swims-King pleaded guilty in February to one count in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1tHDD4B ) that Swims-King was sentenced last month to 70 months in prison and three years of postrelease supervision. She is to begin her sentence on Feb. 23.

Prosecutors say Angelic Hospice in Greenwood billed Medicare for millions of dollars services that were never rendered, sometimes involving forged documents. The hospice billed Medicare more than $11 million from 2007 to 2012, according to court records.

Prosecutors say Swims-King used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, including at least 20 cars.

Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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