WASHINGTON (AP) — A chiropractor who practiced in southeast Washington has pleaded guilty to signing fake prescriptions for services to be provided by D.C. Medicaid in exchange for cash.

Fifty-seven-year-old Lewis J. Levine of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty to health care fraud Tuesday in federal court in Washington. Prosecutors say Levine faces a likely range of 10 to 16 months in prison. A sentencing date was not set.

According to his plea agreement, Levine wrote prescriptions and plans of care for Medicaid beneficiaries brought to him by aides who worked for several home care agencies. Prosecutors say only physicians and advanced practice registered nurses can order home care services for Medicaid.

Prosecutors say Levine was paid $75 to $150 for each service plan he signed.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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