Corporate Compliance

Patient recruiter known as 'Red, White, & Blue Man' sentenced to 21 months in prison

Compliance Monitor, November 3, 2010

James Roland Fuquay, 49, will serve 21 months in prison and pay $557,000 for his participation in a scheme to defraud Medicare, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Fuquay is known as the “Red, White, & Blue Man,” a reference to the colors on a Medicare card and his sales pitch, “Red, white, and blue. Let’s make it do what it do.” According to the DOJ, Fuquay recruited Medicare beneficiaries from homeless shelters in San Diego and Los Angeles. He would then pay the beneficiaries to go with him to medical clinics and durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers who would bill Medicare for services and/or DME that was not medically necessary and not provided.

Fuquay made $220,000 in illegal recruiter fees before the Medicare Fraud Strike Force collared him in 2009.

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