The former owner of a Michigan home healthcare agency will be spending the next seven years in federal prison after being convicted last week of defrauding Medicare out of about $1.6 million in fraudulent payments.
Federal prosecutors say the Troy, Michigan man submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare beginning in 2013 and continuing for at least the next three years on behalf of a Detroit home healthcare company. Per prosecutors, the charges were for physical therapy ostensibly for homebound Medicare recipients, which he obtained via paying illegal kickbacks to co-conspirators who provided her with blank, signed home health care documents.
Additionally, investigators say she conspired with area doctors to admit Medicare beneficiaries for home health care services for whom such services were not medically necessary. She then allegedly billed Medicare for services never given to these beneficiaries, and she, along with her co-conspirators, allegedly falsified documents to show that such services had been rendered.
Also alleged of the defendant in question was her involvement in prescribing opioids to Medicare beneficiaries for whom such medicines were not necessary. According to federal prosecutors, some of the individuals to whom these opioids were allegedly prescribed sold or bartered the medicines on the black market for cash or other drugs.
The defendant was convicted in mid-December of one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks in connection with Medicare beneficiaries, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks in connection with Medicare beneficiaries, and one count of health care fraud. Last week she was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison as well as being ordered, along with her alleged co-conspirators, to pay $1,593,804.35 in restitution. She was also ordered to forfeit $758,407.07 to the federal government.
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