DOJ: Man defrauded nuclear health program of $3.4M

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DENVER (AP) -- The owner of a home health care provider has pleaded guilty to defrauding a nuclear worker health program of more than $3.4 million.

Federal prosecutors say Anthony Paul Breaux of Palisade, Colo., Thursday agreed to forfeit the money and plead guilty in U.S. District Court to health care fraud and money laundering. He faces sentences of up to 20 and 10 years in prison on each charge and fines up to $250,000.

According to a plea agreement, Breaux recruited of family members of patients on the Navajo Indian Reservation to provide 24 hour care to their relatives under the Energy Occupational Illness Compensation Program. He paid the family members $13 an hour but charged the government up to $100 an hour.

Prosecutors say Breaux also recruited patients in Colorado and Oregon and submitted false documents through his company, Honor-Bound Healthcare Providers.