Four people who took part in a scheme to defraud the Medicare program of $14 million entered guilty pleas in federal court. Curtis Mallory and Theodore Haile worked as patient recruiters for Patient Choice Home Care Inc. and All American Home Care Inc., two home health agencies located in Oakland County, Michigan. The two admitted they paid kickbacks to beneficiaries who provided their Medicare information and signed therapy documents. The owners and operators used the information and documents to bill Medicare for physical therapy services the agencies never provided. Haile and Mallory received a payment for each beneficiary they recruited.
Patient Choice and All American paid John Thomas, a physical therapist, to document physical therapy visits that never took place or were provided to Medicare beneficiaries who did not need them. Maira Suleman worked as an office manager for Patient Choice. She admitted to designing systems used to fraudulently bill Medicare for physical therapy visits. She also worked with the recruiters and physical therapists to collect and maintain the data needed to create false visit documents for physical therapy sessions.
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