A federal jury convicted a registered nurse on four counts of health care fraud Monday in a case in which prosecutors alleged she aided her employer in a plan to bilk Medicare out of more than $9 million.
Between 2005 and 2008, Patricia McGill, 68, served as the former director of professional services of Home Care Hospice, the Bustleton facility that prosecutors alleged enrolled dozens of patients who did not meet federal guidelines for hospice care.
In addition, the government accused McGill, under the watch of the facility's owners, of overseeing the falsification of records to suggest patients were sicker than they were or received treatments that were never given.
Despite her convictions, jurors acquitted McGill on several charges, including the more serious conspiracy count and nine additional counts of fraud. She is scheduled for sentencing May 16.
Home Care Hospice's owners were tried separately and sentenced to prison terms last year. Several nurses who worked under McGill's direction have also been tried and sentenced for their crimes.