Corporate Compliance

Injections and infusions clinic recruiter sentenced to prison for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, April 21, 2010

Detroit resident, Wayne Smith, will serve 27 months in prison and jointly pay $4.9 million in restitution with co-defendants for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Smith, 49, pleaded guilty in December 2009 to fraudulently billing Medicare for $6.5 million while working at purported infusion clinics Sacred Hope Center Inc., and Xpress Center Inc. The DOJ reports Smith worked as a patient recruiter, supplying cash and prescription kickbacks to more than 40 patients. Co-defendants Daisy Martinez and Jose Rosario would then create fictitious claims for injection and infusion therapy services.

Several co-conspirators including Martinez and Rosario were previously sentenced to jail time and to jointly pay the $4.9 million fine.

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