Dr. Christina Joy Clardy received her 135-month sentence and restitution order late last week following her conviction in May on 14 counts of healthcare fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, according to a news release from the U.S. Justice Department.
Though lengthy, Clardy's sentence is much shorter than the 27-year prison term drawn by Umawa Oke Imo, the owner of Clardy's former clinic, City Nursing Services of Texas. Clardy was convicted of fraudulently billing Medicare in 2007 and 2008 for $45 million, including more than $25 million using Clardy's Medicare number.
Clardy testified that she sent Imo a letter in 2007 ordering him to stop using her Medicare number and threatening to notify Medicare of the fraud. But the government introduced evidence at trial showing that she received large cash payments from him after sending the letter and that she never alerted authorities to the scheme.
Imo, a 57-year-old Nigerian citizen, was convicted of four dozen criminal charges for operating the sham physical therapy clinic in Houston and for running a related network of marketers and recruiters who persuaded Medicare beneficiaries to visit the center.