Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Medicare scam that just kept rolling

The government has paid billions to buy power wheelchairs. It has no idea how many of the claims are bogus.

Written by David A. Fahrenthold, WashPost
Published on August 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In the little office where they ran the scam, a cellphone would ring on Sonia Bonilla’s desk. That was the sound of good news: Somebody had found them a patient.

When Bonilla answered the phone, one of the scam’s professional “patient recruiters” would read off the personal data of a senior citizen. Name. DOB. Medicare ID number. Bonilla would hang up and call Medicare, the enormous federal health-insurance program for those over 65.

She asked a single question: Had the government ever bought this patient a power wheelchair?

No? Then the scam was off and running.

“If they did not have one, they would be taken to the doctor, so the doctor could prescribe a chair for them,” Bonilla recalled. On a log sheet, Bonilla would make a note that the recruiter was owed an $800 finder’s fee. “They were paid for each chair.”

(More here.)

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

More government, more corruption. What is new?

8:59 AM  

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