Four Dallas-area individuals were convicted by a federal grand jury last week of defrauding Medicare after investigators say they billed over $3.7 million in fraudulent charges.
Per federal prosecutors, the four were all involved with Elder Care, a provider of Medicare and Medicaid services in greater Dallas. Two of the parties allegedly owned the firm, while a third served as an administrator. As two of the defendants had been previously barred from participating in any federal health care benefit program, prosecutors say a third defendant acted to mask their ownership. They say that defendant signed documents claiming ownership of Elder Care by other parties, and that nobody who had been forbidden to participate in federal health care programs was participating in the enterprise. In addition, prosecutors say one defendant, who is the wife of another defendant, handled financial affairs in his stead, also to allegedly hide his participation in the clinic.
As a result of Elder Care's actual ownership by individuals banned from such activities, the bills submitted to Medicare and Medicaid were automatically fraudulent. However, prosecutors say the fact did not stop them from billing over $3.7 million to the programs.
All four defendants were all convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and two defendants were convicted of two counts apiece of false statement in connection with a health care benefit program. The verdicts were handed down in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle of the Northern District of Texas, where sentencing will occur at a later date.
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