Case against couple accused of $45M health care fraud, keeping indentured servant fizzles – Chicago Tribune

A $45 million health care fraud case against a young north suburban couple has fizzled in stunning fashion in the midst of trial after federal prosecutors admittedly failed to hand over key evidence to defense lawyers.

Richard and Maribel Tinimbang and two alleged co-conspirators have been on trial for the past five weeks on charges alleging they paid kickbacks for patient referrals and fraudulently inflated Medicare bills for their home health care businesses between 2008 and 2014.

The couple had allegedly used the ill-gotten gains to fund a lavish lifestyle, including a 5,000-square-foot Lincolnwood mansion, a small fleet of luxury SUVs and at least $1 million in Facebook stock, according to the charges. They also faced separate charges alleging they kept a nanny from their native Philippines in the U.S. as an indentured servant.

The Tinimbangs likely would have faced a decade or more in prison if convicted on the most serious charges. But on Wednesday, Richard Tinimbang is instead expected to plead guilty to low-level felony counts that call for less than a year behind bars. His wife is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and likely will see no jail time at all.

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