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HAMMOND | A Hammond woman was sentenced to 37 months in a federal prison Wednesday for making fraudulent Indiana Medicaid claims.

Phyllis Lark, who was doing business as Absolute Care, was indicted on charges of health care fraud and making false statements to a federal agent. She admitted collecting nearly $1.9 million by filing false claims for services rendered to more than 900 Medicaid recipients between September 2006 and August 2008. Three other charges were dismissed in exchange for her guilty plea.

Lark was ordered by make restitution of more than $1.8 million in monthly, minimum $100 increments, court records stated. She must report to prison Sept. 18.

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