Corporate Compliance

DME owner, operator, and patient recruiter plead guilty to Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, May 5, 2010

Three Houston-area residents pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for their roles in a Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Doris Vinitsky, 45, owner of Onward Medical Supply and operator John Lachman, 45, admitted to submitting claims to Medicare for durable medical equipment (DME) that was unnecessary or never provided. According to the DOJ, Vinitski and Lachman paid patient recruiters, such as Vicki Phillips, 53, up to $1000 per patient.

Lachman and Vinitski face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Philips faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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