Four arrested for Medicare fraud

Dec. 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM

DETROIT, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department said four people in Michigan were arrested on healthcare fraud charges as part of an investigation that has now included 21 arrests.

John Thomas, a physical therapist, Sherry Prescott, an office employee, and Maira Suleman and Myra Jones, both patient recruiters, were arrested on charges of billing Medicare for services that were either not performed or unnecessary, The Detroit News reported Tuesday.

The four individuals worked for All American Home Care. Jones also worked for Patient Choice Health Care. Both companies are located in Oak Park, Mich.

Authorities charge the scheme, including all of those arrested, has bilked Medicare out of $14.5 million.

According to the indictment, patients were recruited to provide information to allow the firms to bill Medicare for services. The patients were also paid a kickback for their role in the scheme.

The charges in the case include falsifying records, committing fraud and violating anti-kickback laws.

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