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Hammond couple plead guilty to Medicaid fraud

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The state Attorney General's Office says the owners of a Hammond personal care business have pleaded guilty for their role in siphoning dollars from the Louisiana Medicaid Program and evade paying state taxes.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 55-year-old Cassandra N. Dangerfield pleaded guilty on Friday to one felony count of racketeering and two felony counts of state tax evasion. Her husband and business partner, 61-year-old Eric Dangerfield, pleaded guilty to six counts of misdemeanor theft and two misdemeanor counts of tax evasion.

Cassandra Dangerfield received a 14-year suspended sentence, and was placed on five years of active supervised probation. Eric Dangerfield received a 4-year suspended sentence. The Dangerfields will pay $3.5 million in restitution, fines and penalties.

The Dangerfields will also pay $74,000 for back taxes.

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