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Houston Clinic Owner Sentenced for Healthcare Fraud Scheme

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Gwendolyn Gibbs, the 72-year-old owner of a Houston-based mental health clinic, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for a healthcare fraud scheme. Gibbs pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud in December 2021 and was ordered to pay over $8.6 million in restitution to Medicare. The court found that Gibbs had fraudulently billed Medicare for services provided to adults with intellectual disabilities who did not require mental health services, from 2007 to 2016. She admitted to falsifying medical records and paying kickbacks for patient referrals. The case was investigated by multiple agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services.