Corporate Compliance

DME salesman sentenced for healthcare fraud

Compliance Monitor, March 4, 2009

United States District Judge Inge Johnson sentenced Joel Sloan, 44, of McCalla, AL, to 18 months in prison, and three months supervised release for receiving more than $7,000 in improper Medicare payments, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. The judge also ordered Sloan to pay $71,988 in restitution.
 
According to the DOJ, Sloan forged physician approval documents for power wheelchairs for certain Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare paid for the wheelchairs, based on those documents, and Sloan received a commission from his employer for the sale.

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