Ex-manager of Dipak Desai clinic pleads guilty

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Updated: 7/11 9:51 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former manager of an endoscopy clinic linked to a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak in Las Vegas has pleaded guilty in a federal health care fraud case.

Tonya Rushing to pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. She faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing on Sept. 25.

Federal prosecutors say Rushing conspired with former physician and clinic owner Dipak Desai to overcharge Medicare, Medicaid and other private insurance companies for anesthesia procedures.

Investigators say the pair pushed employees to squeeze as many patients as possible in a day, then overstate how much time it took to treat them.

Prosecutors say Rushing received about $1.3 million in the billing scheme.

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