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St. Louis podiatrist going to prison for false billings

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis podiatrist has been sentenced to five months of prison and five months of home confinement for falsely billing Medicare and Medicaid, and must repay the government $250,000.

Dr. David Quang Pham pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in January. He was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

Pham served patients at nursing homes and residences for older adults in Missouri and Illinois. Federal prosecutors say he submitted false claims and medical records. In some cases, Pham submitted claims for treating the feet of patients whose feet had been amputated.

Pham also agreed to pay restitution of $70,000 in the criminal case. In addition, he settled a civil case with the government in January and agreed to pay $180,000.

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