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Six Guilty of Defrauding Medicare and Medicaid in Houston, Texas

January 27, 2010

Durable medical equipment (DME) company owners Rhonda Flemming, Rose Ebhamen, and King Arthur have been found guilty of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid. Three co-defendants (Khiro Guillory, Billy Perkins, and James Chaney) were sentenced to prison time and ordered to pay restitution back to Medicare/Medicaid. The Texas DME companies involved were Hi-Tech Medical Supply & Delivery, E&R Medical Supply, Medical Equipment and Supply Center, Advanced Medical Billing Specialist, and First Advantage Nursing. The defendants’ elaborate scheme involved illicit sale of Medicare beneficiary names, forgery of fake delivery confirmation tickets indicating $36 million of equipment that was never delivered to the Medicare beneficiaries, and fraudulent Medicare billing for false equipment purchases. The false claims allowed the defendants to steal about $6.3 million from Medicare/Medicaid. According to an article published by an international news agency, Flemming will spend 30 years in federal prison and pay $6.29 in restitution to Medicare/Medicaid, Ebhamen will spend 135 months in federal prison and pay $1.9 million in restitution and Arthur will spend 95 months in federal prison and pay $4 million in restitution. Another source of information on this case may be viewed on the FBI website.

To report Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, contact Frohsin and Barger.

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