Corporate Compliance

Five Detroit residents plead guilty to healthcare fraud

Compliance Monitor, October 7, 2009

Five Detroit residents, Dierdre Teagan, Robert Wynn, Ernest Neal, James Harris, and Steve Sherman, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for their roles in various Medicare fraud schemes, according to a Department of Justice release.
Teagan, 51, admitted to destroying the patient records of X-Press Center, a Detroit-area clinic that purported to specialize in providing injection and infusion services to Medicare beneficiaries. Teagan also admitted to creating patient records that were billed to Medicare for false claims. Teagan faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Wynn, 61, Neal, 54, Harris, 53, and Sherman, 62, were all indicted on schemes to bill Medicare for services that were never provided. The men admitted to providing Medicare numbers and identifications to clinic owners and patient recruiters in exchange for kickbacks in the form of cash and prescription drugs. Each faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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