Corporate Compliance

Houston-area DME company owner convicted of healthcare fraud

Compliance Monitor, March 16, 2011

A federal jury convicted Sunny Robinson, 42, owner of Houston-area durable medical equipment (DME) business, of 19 counts of healthcare fraud and anti-kickback violations, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

According to the DOJ, from March 2005 through June 2009, Robinson submitted more than $4.3 million in fraudulent medical claims to the Medicare program. Robinson illegally obtained Medicare beneficiary health information, including names, dates of birth, medical histories, and Medicare and Social Security numbers from individuals and home health agencies. He then used the information to submit false claims to Medicare for “Arthritis Kits,” power wheelchairs, diabetic supplies, and incontinence supplies. In most cases, the beneficiaries did not need and did not receive the equipment.

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