Billers Convicted in Fraud Schemes
U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Rod J. Rosenstein announced December 20 that Elma Myles pled guilty to defrauding Medicaid and other health benefit programs by conspiring to have durable medical equipment provider RX Resources and Solutions (RXRS) bill for supplies that were never provided or were medically unnecessary, and to overcharge for materials that were actually delivered.
Myles, who worked for RXRS as a biller, admitted to conspiring with the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, co-defendant Harry Crawford, and others in connection with the scheme, a press release said. An analysis of RXRS billing revealed that from 2007 through 2014, Medicaid lost roughly $1.2 million just for incontinence supplies, the release said.
Raciel Leon, 42, of Miami, was convicted after a two-week jury trial of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive health care bribes and kickbacks.
According to evidence presented at trial, between approximately October 2014 and June 2015, Leon was the manager of Mercy Home Care Inc. (Mercy) and a billing employee for D&D&D Home Health Care Inc. (DDD), both of which were home health agencies in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The evidence showed that Leon and his co-conspirators used the companies to submit false claims to Medicare that were based on services that were not medically necessary, not actually provided and for patients that were procured through the payment of illegal kickbacks to doctors and patient recruiters. In an attempt to support the false claims, Leon’s co-conspirators forged prescriptions and other medical records, and Leon submitted claims to Medicare based on the falsified documentation.
As is evident, fraud liability attached to the billers in these cases because of their ACTIVE INVOLMENT as decision-makers and conspirators in the scheme to defraud.