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GUILTY PLEA ENTERED IN MEDICARE FRAUD CASE

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A Florida member of a shell company pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court for his role in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Leonard Austin, 45, of Lake Worth pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to launder health care fraud proceeds. His sentencing date has not been set.

Austin acknowledged in his plea deal that he and others submitted $12 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare through three Florida purported clinics, including Summit Health Specialists P.L. in Tampa, the government said in a news release.

Prosecutors said Austin admitted that he and his co-conspirators attempted to conceal the money by transferring it through bank accounts for the clinics and Austin's shell company, called BioScan.

Four other defendants were indicted in the case and are scheduled for a jury trial next year.

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Man guilty of trying to arrange sex with child

A judge has found a Tampa man guilty of attempting to induce a child to engage in sex acts, the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday.

James Patrick Baker, 33, was arrested in Sarasota in April. In phone conversations with undercover officers, he tried to arrange sex with who he thought was a mother and her 12-year-old child.

He was arrested with candy and a condom, both of which he talked about bringing with him, authorities said.

Baker faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

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