Father, Son Sentenced in $21 Million DME Scheme


Anthony Duane Bell Sr. and his son, Anthony Duane Bell Jr., have been sentenced to 65 months and 12 months and one day, respectively, for their roles in fraudulently receiving more than $21 million in Medicare payments and lying to cover it up. Bell Sr. must also pay more than $21.7 million in restitution to Medicare. According to court records, the Bells created companies, known as Universal Medical Solutions 1 and Universal Medical Solutions 2, that supplied durable medical equipment (DME). To find customers, the Bells entered into sham agreements with “marketing” companies that, instead of marketing, provided packets of information about Medicare beneficiaries for $125 to $350 each. These packets included a Medicare beneficiary’s personal information, medical history, Medicare number, and an audio recording between a call center and the patient in which the patient supposedly agreed to accept a brace. Read a Department of Justice press release.

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