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Houston Clinic Owner Admits “Arthritis Kit” DME Fraud

November 3, 2009

Noel Wayne Jhagroo admitted his part in a health care fraud conspiracy that billed Medicare for unneccesary “arthritis kits” (also called “arthro kits”), says DoJ.  Through his company Trucare Medical Equipment Services, Jhagroo bilked the taxpayers out of nearly a million dollars for unneccesary and non-delivered durable medical equipment (DME). In addition to making false claims for unnecesary DME, Jhagroo paid kickbacks to a co-conspirator for referals of Medicare patients in violation of the Antikickback Statute and Stark law. The indictment of Trucare was reported by FraudBlawg as part of a recent sweep of allegedly fraudulent DME suppliers in Houston and Los Angeles.  DME fraud is becoming an ever-popular and incredibly lucrative crime. Jhagroo will be sentenced on Feb. 23, 2010.

To report DME fraud or Medicare fraud in general, contact Frohsin & Barger.

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