2 charged with $1.8M healthcare fraud

Jan. 21, 2010 at 11:38 PM
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SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A grand jury in San Antonio has returned an indictment charging a couple in connection with an alleged $1.8 million healthcare fraud scheme, officials said.

U.S. Attorney John Murphy said the grand jury handed up the indictment Wednesday, charging Terry L. Young and his wife, Kimberle, with 10 counts of healthcare fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and one count of money laundering.

The San Antonio couple were identified as owners and operators of three San Antonio-area durable medical equipment suppliers -- New Impulse, Superior Rehab Technology and Advanced Rehab Technologies, the Justice Department said in a release.

The indictment alleges the couple conspired to submit fraudulent billings to healthcare benefit programs between February 2003 and July 2007. They allegedly billed the programs for nerve-stimulator supplies and topical analgesics they claimed to have delivered to beneficiaries, but which had not been delivered.

The indictment demands a $1.8 million monetary judgment against the two defendants.

If convicted, the two face as much as 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

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