Corporate Compliance

Injection and infusions physician and patient recruiter sentenced for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, April 28, 2010

A Detroit-area physician and patient recruiter will serve prison time and pay millions in restitution for their involvement in an injection and infusion Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Toe Myint, MD, 56, and Terrence Hicks, 43, submitted $4.2 million in false and fraudulent claims while working at Sacred Hope Center Inc., a purported infusion clinic. Medicare paid more than $3.1 million of those claims. According to the DOJ, Myint worked as the sole physician at Sacred, prescribing unnecessary medications to patients based on which ones would accrue the highest reimbursement rate.

Hicks recruited patients for Sacred and another Detroit clinic, Xpress Center, in exchange for cash kickbacks. Hicks will serve 40 months in prison and pay more than $4.9 million in restitution jointly with codefendants. Myint will serve 72 months in prison and pay more than $3.1 million in restitution also with codefendants.

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