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Owner of medical transport firm sentenced after pleading guilty to defrauding Medicaid

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WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A judge has sentenced the owner of a medical transportation company in Webster to serve 18 months in jail for defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

Attorney General Martha Coakley's office said in a statement that 51-year-old Cynthia Keegan bilked MassHealth out of more than $470,000 over a 5-year period by claiming to provide transportation services for people who had dead, or for other services that were never provided.

Keegan pleaded guilty last week to charges of larceny over $250, and making false Medicaid claims.

She was sentenced on Thursday in Worcester Superior Court to two and a half years in prison, with 18 months to serve.

She was also ordered to pay restitution to MassHealth. Her company, Keegan Enterprises — also known as Cross Roads Trolley — was fined $245,000.

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