ST. LOUIS – A former healthcare provider has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for multiple healthcare and bank fraud charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for Eastern District of Missouri.

Tina Kuehl owned Better Way Home Care, which also received three years of probation and an order of $200,000 restitution.

According to court documents, Kuehl submitted hundreds of Medicare reimbursement claims for therapy services that had not been provided, exaggerated patients' conditions and falsified diagnosis codes.

In addition, Kuel's mother received a $305,000 property loan in 2010, but the Community Bank of Owenseville later foreclosed on the property due to not making timely payments. Kuehl submitted fraudulent checks to show she paid the loan, changed the payee on cancelled checks as well as said she had made cash payments to a bank employee on two occasions, which turned out to be false, according to court documents.

Kuehl pleaded guilty to the fraud charges May 1. She also owes $200,000 in restitution. Her company must also pay restitution of the same amount.

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