Fourteen defendants were charged in a 324 count indictment for participating in a Medicare kickback scheme. The indictment alleges that three therapy companies paid kickbacks to assisted living facilities for access to patients. The therapy companies then billed Medicare for medically unnecessary and non-qualifying therapy.
In a separate indictment announced on August 5, seven individuals were charged in another Medicare fraud scheme. According to prosecutors, these individuals formed bogus durable medical equipment (DME) companies which billed Medicare for DME services which were not provided.