Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Fraud Update here includes a link to a press release of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. The accused was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of health care fraud. He was accused of operating a "wheelchair scam" that "caused Medicare and Medicaid to be fraudulently billed for almost $5 million through his durable medical equipment company. . ." According to the press release:
"[The Company] billed Medicare and Medicaid for supposedly providing beneficiaries’ motorized wheelchairs, wheelchair accessories, as well as for alternating pressure mattresses, which are used for patients with advanced bed sores. [The defendant] either provided beneficiaries no equipment at all or provided less expensive or used equipment, such as scooters and regular mattresses."