A greater Detroit woman will spend the next 13 years in Federal custody after being convicted of orchestrating a scheme to defraud Medicare of about $8.9 million.
According to federal prosecutors, the 34-year-old woman was part of a plan that involved obtaining referrals for home health care services from Medicare recipients via illicit kickbacks, and such services were either not medically necessary, not actually provided, or not provided by licensed medical professionals. She pled guilty to one count of health care fraud and one count of health care fraud in the spring of last year.
The defendant was one of several implicated in the scheme, and the most recent convicted on counts stemming from it. In September one co-defendant was sentenced to 135 months in prison after a May 2018 conviction of one count of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks, and five counts of health care fraud. Another co-defendant was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, while a third co-defendant was sentenced to 42 months in prison the month prior after also pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
The charges brought by the Federal government were the result of an investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. The group, which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG), has brought charges against almost 4,000 defendants for alleged Medicare fraud totaling over $14 billion.
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