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    An Indian-origin doctor has been sentenced to eight years in prison for committing healthcare fraud along with her husband by a US court, which also ordered the couple to forfeit over $43 million in cash and property they gained through their 10-year scam.
    Dr Kiran Sharma, 56, had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of healthcare fraud in 2010.
    Her husband, Arun Sharma, also a doctor, was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this month for fraudulently billing government insurance programme Medicare, Medicaid and various private healthcare providers for medical procedures that were not performed, US Attorney Jose Angel Moreno said in a statement.

    The Texas couple have been ordered by US District Judge David Hittner to forfeit more than $43 million, including their $700,000 home in Texas, more than $700,000 in cash found during a search of their home, over $800,000 in cash found in two safe deposit boxes and a number of investment accounts funded with the proceeds of their fraudulent scheme.
    Dr Sharma has been remanded into the custody of the US Marshals Service to begin serving her eight-year sentence.
    The couple had pleaded guilty in April 2010.
    Dr Arun Sharma, too, is in federal custody following his sentencing pending designation and transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility.
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