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Jury Convicts Hospice Owner for Defrauding Medicare

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on November 6, 2023, a federal jury convicted SHIVA AKULA, age 67, of New Orleans, of health care fraud related to fraudulent claims billed to Medicare. AKULA owned and oversaw the day-to-day operations of Canon Healthcare, LLC, a hospice facility with offices in the New Orleans area, Baton Rouge, Covington, and Gulfport, Mississippi. Between January 2013 and December 2019, Canon’s New Orleans area office billed Medicare approximately $62 million and was paid approximately $47 million.


Action Details

  • Date:November 8, 2023
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions