Christopher Iruke was convicted in August — along with his wife, Connie Ikpoh, and one of their employees, Aura Marroquin — of conspiracy and health care fraud.
Besides the prison time, U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter on Monday ordered Iruke to pay back $6.7 million with his conspirators and serve three years of “supervised release” once he gets out of prison, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release.
He and Ikpoh were charged in October 2009 with bilking Medicare by fraudulently billing the government for electric wheelchairs and other expensive medical equipment.
At the time, the two were both pastors at a now-defunct Los Angeles church, the Arms of Grace Christian Church. Ikpoh also worked as a nurse at Southern California hospitals.