USAO Round-Up

by bvernia | September 11th, 2009

US Attorney’s Offices announced events in the following cases this week:

  1. ND Ala. – Clinic employee pleads guilty to health care fraud for embezzlement – The US announced a health clinic comptroller’s guilty plea on September 9 for embezzling nearly $1.2 million over a four-year period. She accepted guilt for health care fraud, tax fraud (for failing to report the income), and mail fraud (she mailed clinic checks to herself and others). AUSA Lloyd Peeples is handling the case.
  2. SD Fla. – DME company president arrested for health care fraud – The president of a Florida-based durable medical equipment company was arrested after being indicted for submitting approximately $3.6 million in fraudulent Medicare claims, the US announced on September 4. The indictment alleges that the president received nearly $1.6 million from Medicare for the bogus claims, which were for a variety of equipment. The case is handled by AUSA Christopher J. Hunter.
  3. MD Ga. – Purported tax preparer sentenced for false claims to US – On September 9, the US announced the sentence of 3 1/2 years for the man, who certified the accuracy of false information on his customers’ tax returns. The case was handled by AUSA Harry Fox.
  4. ED La. – Convictions in case of fraudulent Medicaid Personal Services Claims – AUSAs Patrice Sullivan, Jordan Ginsberg, and G. Dall Kammer won the convictions at trial on September 9 of two employees of a Harvey, Louisiana, Medicaid agency, and the mother of Medicaid recipients, for submitting nearly $4 million in fraudulent claims for Personal Care Services (PCS). PCS are provided, under a physician-approved plan of care, to assist recipients in daily living tasks, in order to prevent institutionalization. The clinic’s owner and her brother had previously pleaded guilty.
  5. D. Minn. – Guilty plea for home health care fraud – The US announced on September 9 the guilty plea of a Zimmerman, Minn., owner of a home health care business, for health care fraud. The woman admitted overstating to Medicaid the number of units of Private Duty Nursing care provided to her clients.
  6. WD Mo. – Former farmer sentenced for defrauding Commodity Credit Corp. – The US announced on September 10 the sentencing (approx. $550,000 and 9 months in a halfway house) for a farmer who made false statements to the CCC to obtain loans, and sold the crops used to secure them. AUSAs Jane Pansing Brown and Lucinda Woolery handled the case.

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