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Michigander Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Participation In Defrauding Medicare Of $8.3 Million

money-2328715_640.jpgA Michigan man will spend 7 years in Federal prison after being convicted of his alleged involvement in a plan to defraud Medicare of $8.3 million.

Federal prosecutors say the 49-year-old man submitted false certifications to Medicare in order to become and remain enrolled in the program as a provider. In addition, he allegedly gave illicit kickbacks to Medicare recruiters for beneficiary referrals and billed Medicare for these illegally-obtained referrals.

In addition, prosecutors say he was part of a wider conspiracy to submit Medicare claims for home health care services that were medically unnecessary and therefore ineligible for reimbursement by the program.

The defendant was sentenced to 84 months in Federal prison without parole by U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn of the Eastern District of Michigan last week. Judge Cohn also sentenced him to pay the Federal government $8,339,790.28 in restitution, which was equal to the total amount his home health care service illegally received from Medicare between 2007 and 2017.

The charges here were brought by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a team formed a dozen years ago composed of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. To date the team has charged almost 4,000 individuals with alleged fraud to Medicare and Medicaid totaling over $14 billion.

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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