The operator of a durable medical equipment (DME) firm in California has been charged in a Georgia federal court with fraud for his alleged role in a conspiracy to falsely bill over $410 million to Medicare.
The defendant is alleged by prosecutors to have conspired with several others already charged to pay illegal kickbacks in exchange for receiving orders for DME. The orders thus obtained were then billed to Medicare, per prosecutors, making them illegal due to having been received due to an illegal kickback.
Per prosecutors, the defendant paid kickbacks to doctors, who knowingly signed false medical records to support the billing. These allegedly false records described consultation with patients that never occurred in which the doctors prescribed the DMEs provided by the defendant’s company.
Charges against the defendant are part of a larger investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the United States Secret Service, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The defendant in question is the 22nd charged as a result of the investigation, with other defendants consisting of eight physicians, two nurse practitioners, two operators of telemedicine companies, and two brokers of patient data, among others.
Though the defendant is being charged in Georgia, prosecutors say the fraudulent claims to Medicare arose from beneficiaries across the United States.
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