Corporate Compliance

The OIG posts new enforcement actions

Compliance Monitor, August 17, 2005

Fraud, kickbacks and theft.

Those were crimes at the center of three enforcement actions handed down last month, and recently announced by the OIG. The enforcement actions are as follows:

  • In South Carolina, a physical therapist was sentenced to 19 months and fined $400,000 for healthcare fraud. The therapist billed Medicare as a private insurer for 3-5 hours of therapy, but only performed one hour.

  • In Florida, a durable medical equipment company owner was sentenced to prison for antikickback violations after he received kickbacks from the owner of a pharmacy in exchange for referring patients in need of aerosol medications. The company owner was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home detention. He was also fined $15,000.

  • In Maryland, a former National Institute of Health purchasing agent was fined $2,400 after she pled guilty to theft of government property. The woman used her government credit card to secure rental cars for personal use.
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