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Thu September 29, 2011
Man to plead guilty in RI of health care fraud
By MEGAN HALL
PROVIDENCE,RI – Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say an Illinois business man will plead guilty in U.S. district court to collecting nearly 2 million dollars through health care fraud. The scam affected Medicare patients across the country, including in Rhode Island.
According to court documents, Gary Winner, the owner of Planned Eldercare in Illinois, sent unsolicited, free medical supplies to people with arthritis and diabetes. He then turned around and let the federal government pay the bill.
In some cases, Winner's staff convinced diabetic men they needed erectile pumps to improve their circulation. Winner allegedly bought the devices from an x-rated website, repackaged them, and billed the federal government nearly 300 dollars apiece.
Prosecutors say Winner has agreed to plead guilty and give back approximately two million dollars in proceeds from the scam. He could face a maximum sentence of 33 years in prison.
Read the U.S.Attorney's case against Gary Winner here
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