Ex-area hospital chain exec imprisoned in fraud case

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jun 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-17 16:57:33-04

TYLER, Texas (AP) - The ex-chief financial officer for a Texas hospital chain has been sentenced to almost two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to lying to federal agents investigating fraud allegations against the chain.

A federal judge in Tyler sentenced Joe White to 23 months in prison Wednesday. He could have received up to five years in prison for his Nov. 12 plea.

An aggravated identity theft charge against the 68-year-old Cameron man was dropped in return for his plea.

White worked for Dallas-area physician Tariq Mahmood, who was sentenced in April to 11 years in federal prison after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy, identity theft and health care fraud. Mahmood made more than $1 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims.

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