According to a criminal complaint filed against Jimmy Jamie last year, he failed to respond to a subpoena to testify against his mother. His sister told a federal agent that he was on a road trip with his girlfriend, somewhere between San Diego and Las Vegas. It's not clear where Jimmy Jamie lived at the time.
Prosecutors dropped the charges when Shida Jamie agreed to plead guilty.
Jamie's lawyer, Gary Collias, said Thursday that there was no doubt that Golden Heart was out of compliance with Medicaid rules, but noted that his client hired about 500 employees during the period she was in business and was probably over her head at one point.
"I don't really believe that this is a case where the defendant formed Golden Heart with the idea of forming some kind of fraud scheme," he said.
Jamie said that while she falsely billed Medicaid, she did not misuse the funds.
Johnston said programs such as Medicaid are rife with fraud and that he wants Jamie's sentence to be a deterrent for those with aims of abusing the system.
"You should have known better," he said.
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