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New Orleans Woman Pleads Guilty to one Count of Health Care Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ZELLISHA DEJEAN, age 37, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to one count of health care fraud.

On April 21, 2016, DEJEAN was charged along with 13 other defendants in a 31-count Superseding Indictment charging approximately $30,252,906 in Medicare fraud. According to court documents, DEJEAN worked as an RN for ABIDE. Her duties included assessing the status of her patients, initiating a plan of care, evaluating patient needs, providing comprehensive nursing care, among other things.

DEJEAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for January 26, 2017.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrice Harris Sullivan, Sharan Lieberman, Hayden Brockett and Andre Lagarde are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated June 30, 2016

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