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MS doctor, 54, found guilty in fraud case



In one of the largest healthcare fraud cases in the Jackson, MS area, a federal jury convicted a Jackson physician late Friday of orchestrating a scheme that netted her $6.9 million in fraudulent Medicaid and Medicare claims. Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas faces a maximum 125 years in prison after a jury of eight women and four men convicted her on all 10 counts after deliberating almost four hours Friday evening. The jury verdict left the 54-year-old Thomas and many of her family and friends in the courtroom sobbing. One family member called it a miscarriage of justice. But Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Scott Gilbert said in court that Thomas created a scheme by sending unlicensed and unqualified personnel into homes to give therapy sessions to patients. "The motive was pure greed," Gilbert said.
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