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Maryland Woman Sentenced To 3-1/2 Years In Prison For Submitting $9.8 Million In Fraudulent Claims To Medicaid


A Maryland woman was sentenced to 42 months in Federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud Medicaid of $9.8 million in false claims.

Federal prosecutors say the 71-year-old woman was the proprietor of a durable medical equipment company operating from Washington, D.C. that submitted scores of false claims from early 2010 to mid-2016. She allegedly billed Medicaid on several occasions for several expensive wound care products that prosecutors say were never purchased nor provided to patients. The woman pled guilty to a single count of health care fraud in October.

According to investigators, the defendant submitted false claims in the amount of around $9.8 million. She also is alleged to have obtained $9.4 million in fraudulent proceeds as a result of the conspiracy. Per investigators, the proceeds were traced back to a pair of bank accounts, a luxury vehicle, and seven parcels of land, all of which were seized by the state last summer.

In addition to prison time, Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the District of Columbia sentenced the woman to three years of supervised release, payment of $9,412,394 in restitution, and forfeiture of $9,431,979.

The investigation and subsequent prosecution of this defendant was conducted by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a team composed of agents from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. To date, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged almost 4,000 individuals with fraudulently billing Medicare over $14 billion since the group's creation a dozen years ago.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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