Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Patient recruiter pleads guilty -- kickbacks lead to convictions

Rodney D. Taylor, 45, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady of the Middle District of Louisiana to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive health care kickbacks. According to court documents, Taylor worked as a recruiter for Healthcare 1 LLC, Medical 1 Patient Services LLC and Lifeline Healthcare Services Inc., Louisiana-based companies that fraudulently billed DME to the Medicare program from 2004 to 2009.   He and other recruiters were hired to obtain prescriptions for DME such as leg braces, arm braces, power wheel chairs and wheel chair accessories.   Taylor obtained information from Medicare beneficiaries as well as prescriptions for medical equipment from the beneficiaries’ physicians.   Taylor then sold these prescriptions so they could be used by Healthcare 1, Medical 1 Patient Services and Lifeline Healthcare Services to submit fraudulent claims to the Medicare program.  
The indictment alleges that from 2004 to 2009 Medicare was billed more than $21 million as part of this conspiracy. 

Here is the Superseding Indictment: 
U.S. v. Jones et al (Indictment)
It appears that the remaining defendants intend to have their day in court.  Here is the proposed jury charge that the DoJ submitted to the Court:
U.S. v. Jones et al (US proposed jury charge)

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