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Former hospital CFO ordered to pay $4.4 million restitution

WACO, TX (KXXV) - The former chief financial officer of a chain of Texas hospitals, including a number in Central Texas, will have to pay nearly $4.5 million in restitution after admitting to his part in a healthcare fraud scheme.

Joe White, a former Cameron city councilman, pleaded guilty in November to making a false statement and aggravated identity theft.

White lied about hospitals owned by Dr. Tariq Mahmood, including ones in Cameron and Whitney, converting to electronic records technology. That group of hospitals collected nearly $17 million in government incentive funds.

White pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the government about the implementation of electronic data systems and a second charge of aggravated identity theft after using an employee's name to falsify documentation for those incentive funds for a hospital in Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, Texas. His sentencing will be May 27 and he could get seven years in federal prison.

Mahmood was convicted last July of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison earlier this month. He has filed an appeal.
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