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Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty To Involvement To Illicit Medicare Kickback Scheme

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A Louisiana man pled guilty last week to his alleged involvement in a conspiracy Federal investigators say involved exchanging illegal kickbacks for referrals of Medicare beneficiaries for medically unnecessary procedures.

Investigators say the 63-year-old New Orleans man coordinated with several others to identify Medicare beneficiaries and route them to a local home health care provider, and to certify those individuals for receipt of home health care services despite not meeting the appropriate criteria for it.

The defendant admitted in court to soliciting a total of about $331,000 in illicit kickbacks, which investigators say he characterized as marketing fees, while arranging for another $1,500 in monthly kickbacks disguised as medical director fees.

Three others allegedly involved in the scheme have already pled guilty - two entered pleas earlier this year, while a third pled guilty in 2017. All four will be sentenced later this year. A fifth member alleged to have been involved in the scheme was found guilty in the fall of 2017 and received a sentence of 51 months in Federal prison early last year.

Charges in the case are the result of an investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Established in 2007, the Strike Force is a team 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 Strike Force has charged almost 4,000 defendants with over $14 billion in fraud against Medicare and other government health insurance programs.

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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