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More “Arthritis-Kit” DME Fraud; 2 Plead Guilty in Houston

March 23, 2010

An administrative assistant and a patient recruiter at Family Healthcare Services and Family DME, Inc. in Houston Texas pleaded guilty yesterday to Medicare fraud. Rolondae Mitchell-Straughter and Ana Quinteros admitted to conspiring to commit healthcare fraud by submitting over $1.5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare “for expensive, rigid orthotics and braces that were packaged together and referred to as an ‘arthritis kit,’ at a cost of approximately $4,000 per kit, when in fact, the equipment supplied was not medically necessary and in many cases not even supplied,” according to DoJ. They face 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine each.

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

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