Two Georgia business owners are facing Federal charges based upon allegations that they ran a nationwide scheme to defraud Medicare via the sales of unnecessary orthotic braces.
Prosecutors say the duo ran a two businesses that operated in the field of telemedicine and agreed to ask for and receive illegal kickbacks from brace suppliers, patient recruiters, pharmacies, and several other similar parties in return for prompting doctors to prescribe the orthotic braces whether the Medicare beneficiary actually needed them or not.
In order to ensure that the braces would be prescribed, investigators say the duo hired health care providers to participate in the scheme and order the unnecessary braces. According to investigators, the scheme ran from the spring of 2017 through the spring of last year, as both individuals are alleged to have paid those health care professionals illegal kickbacks in that span of time.
Altogether, the defendants are alleged to have submitted claims of over $56 million to Medicare that were part of the conspiracy in question, with Medicare reimbursing about half of those fraudulent claims.
The two defendants were arrested last week and both indicted on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive health care kickbacks, one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, three counts of receiving health care kickbacks, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. One defendant was released shortly after arrest, while the other continues to be held in custody. Both defendants have bail hearings this week.
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