In asking for leniency, she sobbed before U.S. District Judge
She said she chose hospice care as her profession after her parents died following long illnesses. "I wanted to help people," she said. "I'm not a bad person. I made a bad decision. I'm sorry."
She and her lawyer,
But the government argued for prison time. Assistant
The judge agreed.
"You knowingly committed fraud and demanded that your subordinates participate in the scheme," he said.
Stewart, 49, a
Stewart pleaded guilty in June to one count of health care fraud.
Before her plea, the government was prepared to present testimony from 17 witnesses, including the former top doctor at Horizons,
Despite earning more than
Authorities had also charged her with lying to the grand jury, although counts were dropped as part of her plea.
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