Corporate Compliance

Sixth person pleads guilty to $14.5 million Detroit home healthcare fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, May 19, 2010

A sixth individual pleaded guilty to his involvement in a $14.5 million home healthcare Medicare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Christopher Collins, 39, admitted to submitting approximately $6.96 million in false or fraudulent claims to Medicare between August 2007 and October 2009 while working for Patient Choice Home Healthcare Inc. According to the DOJ, Patient Choice, a Detroit area home healthcare agency, hired Collins as a nurse. He then became a patient recruiter, offering cash kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for their information and signatures on medical documents.

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

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