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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WLNS) - It was just about a year ago today that 45-year-old Dr. Shannon Wiggins and her husband Mohamad from Okemos were indicted on federal charges including health care fraud, tax fraud, and illegal distribution of narcotics.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Junior announced Friday that Dr. Shannon Wiggins got her sentencing in the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.
Dr. Wiggins will now face two years in prison and three years of supervised release for charges of conspiracy to defraud the government as well as providing fraudulent and false statements to an agent of the government.
According to court documents, Wiggins' practice, that is now closed, became a place where people were able to get their hands on prescription drugs for conditions that were non-existent.
Those court documents further say that she would then use those patients to bill insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare and Medicaid and file false tax returns.
However, all other drug related charges against her were dismissed, but Judge Robert Holmes Bell has ordered Wiggins to pay more than $285,000 in restitution.
In addition, Wiggins was ordered to forfeit $550,000 including her former medical offices in East Lansing and Lansing, along with two cars.
Her husband, Mohamad Abduljaber, who allegedly served as the practices' office manager, will be sentenced on Oct. 20.