Corporate Compliance

Houston residents plead guilty to healthcare fraud, supplying kickbacks

Compliance Monitor, May 12, 2010

Two patient recruiters and an employee at a Houston durable medical equipment (DME) company pleaded guilty on Wednesday, May 5 in U.S. District Court for their roles in a Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Ju-Ying Qian, 60, and Darnell Willis, 50, admitted to recruiting patients for Onward Medical Supply in exchange for kickbacks. Basil Kalu, 41, assisted Onward in its illegal activities and also ran his own DME company, BOK, through Onward. According to the DOJ, Qian and Willis admitted that they knew Onward billed Medicare for DME that their recruited patients did not need.

Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

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