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NEW ORLEANS An 81-year-old Metairie doctor pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Dr. Jack Voight pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Lance Affrick Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Voight was part of a criminal organization, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which fraudulently billed Medicaid and Medicare. 'Patients went to the medical clinics for medical tests that were not performed and not medically necessary. Patients were moved between the various clinics to repeatedly perform the same unnecessary tests,' said a statement from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

Voight and other doctors, in turn, paid the patients with prescription narcotics, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The bills for the 'false and unnecessary services' were submitted by a third party medical billing service. Several guilty pleas have already been entered for the billing service and medical clinics in the New Orleans metro area.

'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,' said a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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

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