A Los Angeles federal jury Thursday convicted a Lancaster doctor of conspiracy for his role in a Medicare kickback conspiracy involving a home health agency.

Kanagasabai Kanakeswaran, 65, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to pay and/or receive kickbacks for Medicare referrals and four counts of receiving kickbacks for Medicare referrals after a six-day trial. The defendant faces up to 25 years in federal prison at sentencing on Jan. 7 in downtown Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to evidence presented at trial, from 2008 to 2016, Kanakeswaran and others engaged in a conspiracy to refer Medicare patients to Star Home Health Resources, a home health agency located in La Verne, in exchange for illegal kickback payments.

Kanakeswaran received cash kickback payments, as well as kickback payments by check through a company Kanakeswaran owned called Digital Perfection Corporation, evidence showed.

As a result of the conspiracy, the owners and operators of Star submitted claims to Medicare based on the Medicare beneficiaries that Kanakeswaran referred to Star, and Medicare paid about $4.1 million based on those claims, evidence showed.

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