A Patient Recruiter Pleads Guilty in a $5.2 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
A patient recruiter for a Houston-based home health care company pleaded guilty to a $5.2 million Medicare fraud scheme.
Sammie Wilson, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. According to court documents, Family Healthcare Group (Family Group) was supposed to provide skilled nursing to Medicare beneficiaries. However, the owner hired Wilson and others to recruit Medicare beneficiaries for the purposes of filing false claims with Medicare.
Court documents show that Family Group used the Medicare beneficiary numbers to submit false claims to Medicare for skilled nursing. In return, Wilson was paid kickbacks for referring beneficiaries for services that she knew were not medically necessary and/or not rendered.
Fraud of any magnitude is not acceptable. Unfortunately, health care fraud, involving Medicare is too common. Concerned citizens with information pertaining to Medicare fraud, should report the fraud immediately. According to the recent numbers, more whistleblowers are stepping forward in reporting fraud.
In a qui tam claim, a whistleblower may be entitled to 15 – 30 percent- of what the government recovers which includes damages for the false bills, tripled, plus civil penalties of from $5,000 to $10,000 per false claim.
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