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Nurse/Recruiter Sentenced to 5 Years for Physical Therapy Home Health Fraud

October 18, 2010

Christopher Collins will pay nearly $7,000,000 and serve 5 years in a federal penitentiary for his role in a fraudulent home health kickback scheme. A nurse at Patient Choice Home Healthcare, Collins fraudulently recruited and paid illegal cash kickbacks to “hundreds of patients” in exchange for their Medicare beneficiary numbers for the purposes of submitting false claims to Medicare, according to DoJ. As part of his plea agreement:

“Collins admitted that he knew the beneficiaries he recruited were neither homebound nor in need of physical therapy services. Collins also admitted in court papers that he knew Patient Choice used the beneficiaries’ Medicare information to bill Medicare for physical therapy that was medically unnecessary and/or never performed.”

To report kickback schemes, physical therapy fraud, home health fraud, or other Medicare fraud, contact Frohsin & Barger.

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