Convicted Medicare Fraudster Praises Trump For Pardon, Calls It A “Miracle"
President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of Judith Negron, who was convicted for her role in a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme in 2011, NBC reported.
Negron was found guilty of numerous felony counts as one of the owners of American Therapeutic Corporation, a mental health care company. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison and was ordered to pay over $87 million in restitution.
“There’s no words to describe what I feel right now,” Negron told NBC’s Nathalia Ortiz. “I’ve always had that hope that something could come about, but today I didn’t expect what took place.”
A statement released by the White House said Negron served eight years of her sentence, with a warden saying she has “always shown herself to be a model inmate who works extremely well with others and has established a good working relationship with staff and inmates.”
Negron said she takes full responsibility for her involvement in the scheme but begged for clemency for the sake of her two sons in a Change.org petition.
Negron and fellow owners Lawrence S. Duran and Marianella Valera, were arrested in October 2010 in a scheme that prosecutors said billed Medicare for mental health treatments that patients didn’t need.
Dating back to 2002, she and the two other owners paid bribes and kickbacks to owners and operators of assisted living facilities and halfway houses and to patient brokers in exchange for providing ineligible patients to their facilities.