Corporate Compliance

Three Detroit residents admit to participation in Medicare fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, December 23, 2009

Three Detroit residents pleaded guilty to a $4.2 million Medicare fraud scheme according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
Terrence Hicks, 42, admitted to recruiting and paying kickbacks to Medicare patients to attend sham infusion and injection clinic Sacred Hope Center. Hicks along with co-conspirator Wayne Smith, whose indictment was documented in last week’s Compliance Monitor, drove into Detroit neighborhoods offering cash and prescriptions, as well as transportation to and from Sacred Hope.
Two Medicare beneficiaries, John Saunders, 70, and Muhammed Al Mahdi, 63, admitted to receiving repeated injections from Sacred Hope containing unknown substances in exchange for kickbacks. Both men said Sacred Hope never explained the purpose of the injections.

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