Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Prosecutors say the owner of a St. Louis County-based home care provider had no health care training, education or experience.

Tina Kuehl, 45, operated Better Way Home Care and eventually submitted hundreds of fraudulent forms to Medicare for services that were never performed.

She entered guilty pleas to numerous charges during an appearance in federal court Wednesday.

Kuehl was also convicted of bank fraud in a separate case involving repayment of a bank loan.

She faces up to 55 years behind bars and millions of dollars in fines when she’s sentenced in July.

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