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Appeals court upholds George Houser's conviction

062014 6:30 a.m.

The conviction of a former Rome nursing home operator was upheld by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

George Houser was convicted in 2012 of conspiring to defraud Medicare, failure to file quarterly returns and failure to file income taxes.

Federal prosecutors said Houser provided worthless services to residents of his three nursing homes, including two in Rome.

According to the opinion released on Thursday, Houser claimed that he did not provide “worthless services.”

The appeals court  rejected his claim, saying that  Houser sought reimbursement from Medicare and Georgia Medicaid for required services--pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical and dietary--that simply were not provided.

Houser also challenged his conviction on tax charges, saying he did not “willfully” avoid paying taxes. That claim was also rejected by the court.

The 66-year-old Houser is serving a 20-year-prison sentence in a federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky. 

We have provided a copy of the entire opinion.