Saturday, February 11, 2012

Penis Pump Fraudster gets hard time

Just when I thought I've seen it all, now comes penis pump Medicare fraud.  From the AP:
An Illinois man was sentenced Friday by a federal judge in Rhode Island to more than three years in prison for shipping unwanted penis enlargers to diabetes patients as part of a larger fraud scheme that prosecutors say bilked $2.2 million from Medicare over four years.
Gary Winner, 50, of Wheeling, Ill., must also forfeit more than $2.2 million that prosecutors say Medicare lost because of the plot.
Diabetes patients received the penis enlargers repackaged in clear plastic bags with an information sheet claiming "regular use" increases blood flow in the urinary tract and prostate. Winner then charged Medicare an average of $284 each for a total of $370,305, authorities said.
In charging Medicare, Winner claimed the devices treated erectile dysfunction, prosecutors said. Medicare reimburses for products treating organic impotence and erectile dysfunction and requires the devices be "medically necessary" and prescribed by a physician. The erectile pumps shipped by Winner served "no medical purpose," prosecutors said.
Here is the Sentencing Memorandum filed by DoJ:
USA v. Winner (Sentencing Memo)


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