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Sugar Land Doctor Gets Prison for $6.9M Medicare Fraud

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    A Houston-area physician has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and must repay $6.9 million in a medical scam related to unnecessary care.

    A federal judge in Houston on Monday sentenced 57-year-old Dr. Donald Gibson II of Sugar Land.

    Gibson in April pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Prosecutors say the scheme started in 2007 and Gibson submitted bogus claims to the Medicare and Texas Medicaid programs.

    Investigators say Gibson, who was sentenced to 52 months in prison, ordered medically unnecessary testing and physical therapy for Medicare and other patients.

    Gibson worked with operators of medical clinics and diagnostic testing centers. Recruiters were paid for getting patients to clinics for unneeded examinations.