Medicare fraud: Jail time for doctor, equipment provider
Medicare scheme was to submit some $775,000 in bogus claims.
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BATON ROUGE, La.
A Louisiana doctor and the owner of a medical equipment company have been sentenced to prison terms for their roles in a scheme to submit around $775,000 in fraudulent Medicareclaims.
Federal prosecutors said most of the bogus claims submitted by Dr. Dahlia Kirkpatrick and Emmanuel Komandu, owner of Alpha Medical Solutions Inc. in Baker, involved unnecessary prescriptions for medical equipment, including power wheelchairs and feeding nutrients.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge sentenced Kirkpatrick to 30 months in prison and sentenced Komandu to four years in prison. The judge also ordered them to pay more than $302,000 in restitution.
They pleaded guilty in October to conspiring to commit health care fraud.