WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) — A U.S. man pleaded guilty for his role in a $14 million Medicare home healthcare scheme that billed the government for services not rendered, officials say.
Christopher Collins, 39, of Detroit, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. He faces a maximum sentence in prison of 10 years and a fine of $250,000, officials of the departments of Justice and Health & Human Services said.
Collins admitted he submitted or facilitated submitting or causing the submission of some $7 million in false or fraudulent claims to the U.S. Medicare program from August 2007 to October 2009, court document said.
In 2007 Collins says he was hired by Muhammad Shahab as a nurse to work at Patient Choice Home Healthcare Inc. Collins says he offered to become a beneficiary recruiter for Shahab and Patient Choice and offer people who did not need medical services or physical therapy kickbacks — in cash — for their Medicare patient information and signature for home care and physical therapy not performed, court records say.
Shahab and four others have pleaded guilty for their participation in the Medicare home health scheme, federal officials say.
More information on the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team is at stopmedicarefraud.gov.
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