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Los Angeles man sentenced in Medicare fraud case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to home confinement and ordered to pay back more than $400,000 for filing bogus Medicare claims to Fargo-based Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC.

Robert Olie pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The plea deal came on the fifth day of a jury trial.

Authorities say Olie filed Medicare claims for expensive power wheelchairs and then provided patients with cheaper electric scooters or nothing at all.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson on Monday sentenced Olie to one year of home confinement and ordered him to pay $417,811 to Noridian and forfeit $100,000 to the government.

Olie told Erickson in a letter filed last week that he knows what he did was wrong and has learned a lot from his mistakes.