A July 29 sentencing hearing is scheduled for a Brea woman who was found guilty of federal charges for her role in a $6 million Medicare fraud scheme involving billing for occupational therapy services that were not medically necessary and not actually provided.

Grace Hong, 53, was convicted Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Evidence showed that Hong and her husband, Simon, who operated JH Physical Therapy Inc. in Walnut, billed Medicare for occupational therapy services when no such services were provided. Instead, Medicare beneficiaries received acupuncture and massage services, which were not reimbursable by Medicare, according to the government.

Grace Hong was also found guilty of directing co-conspirator therapists to falsify medical records to make it appear as if the services had actually been provided and funneling most of the Medicare reimbursements to companies owned by her 57-year-old husband.

Through the scheme, Grace Hong and co-conspirators billed Medicare from October 2009 until December 2012 about $6 million in false claims, and received roughly $3.9 million, evidence showed.

Simon Hong pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison. Keith Canlapan, 40, of West Covina, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy count and is awaiting sentencing in downtown Los Angeles.

Co-defendant Henry Penaranda, 39, formerly of Pasadena, is a fugitive, and in a related case, Roderick Concepcion, 44, of Anaheim, pleaded guilty to health care fraud and is awaiting sentencing, according to the DOJ.

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