By Bradford Betz | Fox News

A patient recruiter was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for receiving more than $1 million in illegal kickback payments.

Dominic Trumbo, 45, who owned a consulting agency in Virginia, recruited – or paid others to recruit – more than 4,000 Medicare beneficiaries for multiple home health companies across the country, the Department of Justice announced in a press release.

Trumbo and his co-conspirators created fake contracts and invoices to hid their activity, the DOJ said.

A federal grand jury found Trumbo guilty in July 2019 of conspiracy to pay and receive illegal kickbacks and solicitation or receipt of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program.

Chief U.S. District Judge Denise Page ordered Trumbo to pay more than $1 million in restitution and forfeit $203,300.