Corporate Compliance

Medical equipment owner pleads guilty to fraudulently billing Medicare

Compliance Monitor, November 4, 2009

Noel Wayne Jhagroo, owner and operator of Trucare Medical Equipment Services, a Houston-area durable medical equipment (DME) company, pleaded guilty to defrauding the Medicare program, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
Jhagroo, 47, admitted he fraudulently billed Medicare for DME and other supplies that were never actually provided to beneficiaries. In addition, Jhagroo billed for medically unnecessary orthotic devices referred to as “Artho Kits” which include braces for both sides of the body and related accessories such as heating pads. According to the DOJ, Jhagroo billed Medicare for approximately $4,000 per kit, while supplying patients with less expensive, inferior equipment.
Between 2004 and 2009, Jhagroo submitted approximately $962,000 in fraudulent claims to Medicare. Jhagroo awaits sentencing on Febreuary 23, 2010.

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