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Houston US Attorney announces indictments in Medicare wheelchair fraud case

Two doctors and two owners of durable medical equipment companies have been charged in a scheme to defraud Medicare of $40 million.

The scheme involved the recruitment and transportation of Medicare beneficiaries to be approved for motorized wheelchairs. Many of these beneficiaries clearly did not meet the guidelines to receive such a wheelchair.

The 68-count indictment was announced by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas on August 8, 2004.

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