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Tyler County woman pleads guilty to federal health care fraud charge

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BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) -

A 31-year-old Woodville, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. 

Kari Mannino pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin. 

According to the information presented in court, from January 2008 to December 2011, Mannino was the office manager for Beaumont Medical Clinic on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont. During that time, Mannino conspired with co-defendant, Dr. John Q.A. Webb, Jr., to claim Webb had treated patients when he had not. 

Mannino then submitted, or had someone else submit, false claims to Medicaid and Medicare indicating a licensed physician and provided the health care services. False claims submitted to Medicare were in excess of $12,000. The total fraudulent activity resulted in a loss to both Medicare and Medicaid of over $30,000. Mannino and Webb were indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 5, 2013.   

Mannino faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

This case is being investigated by the Texas Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Levacy Cockrell.

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