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Lauderdale Co. doctor sentenced for health care fraud

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A Lauderdale County doctor who pleaded guilty to about $1 million in health care fraud will pay for her crime behind bars. A Lauderdale County doctor who pleaded guilty to about $1 million in health care fraud will pay for her crime behind bars.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFF) -

A Lauderdale County doctor who pleaded guilty to about $1 million in health care fraud will pay for her crime behind bars.

A federal judge in Florence sentenced Diana McCutcheon to serve one year and a day in prison in connection with the fraud for non-reimburseable cosmetic skin treatments.

U.S. District Judge Inge Johnson also ordered McCutcheon to pay restitution of more than $990,000 to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and Medicare.

"This defendant carried on a scheme for several years," said Joyce Vance, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.  "That kind of fraud drives up health care and insurance costs for everyone.  It will not be tolerated."

Federal prosecutors say McCutcheon conducted the fraud through her medical clinics in Elgin and Lexington between 2007 and 2011.

She pleaded guilty in November on six different counts of fraud for billing for the removal of multiple skin lesions on patients who had received cosmetic laser and other treatments for various skin conditions which were not covered by insurance.

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