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NEW ORLEANS Another eighty-year-old doctor from the New Orleans metro area has pleaded guilty to federal charges for fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Dr. Jerry Haskin, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Lance Affrick, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Haskin, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, was part of 'criminal organization' in which patients were sent to medical clinics for tests that were never performed and, in some cases, not necessary. The patients were sent to numerous clinics, where more unnecessary tests were performed. In return, the patients were given prescription narcotics.

'Thereafter, bills for the false and unnecessary services were submitted to Medicaid and Medicare by a third party medical claims processing and billing company that worked with other New Orleans-area clinics that have already entered guilty pleas,' said a statement from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Haskin's guilty plea is one of many connected to the fraudulent billing ring. Dr. Jack Voight, 81, of Metairie, pleaded guilty to same charge on Wednesday.

'Dr. Jack Voight, Artem Gasparyan, Anahit Petrosyan, Vadim Mysak, Daria Litvinova, Ernestine Girod, Anna Aivazova, Aram Khlgatian, Jo Ann Girod,, and the medical clinics, Health Plus Consulting, Inc., Saturn Medical Group, New Millennium Medical Group, Inc., and the biller, Solo Lucky Claims Processing, Inc., have already pleaded guilty and most are awaiting sentence.'

Haskin faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 24.

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