Former hospital CFO to pay $4.5 million in fraud restitution

The former CFO of Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, Texas has been ordered to pay $4.5 million in restitution for improperly receiving federal funding for meeting meaningful use requirements, according to KXXV.

In November, Joe White pleaded guilty to his role in a healthcare fraud scheme involving a system of Texas hospitals that collected $17 million in government incentive funds after White made false statements and used an employee's name to alter documentation. The owner of all three hospitals, Tariq Mahmood, M.D., was recently sentenced to 11 years after being charged with eight counts for fraud in 2013. White will face seven years in prison at his sentencing in May. Article