Man Pleads Guilty in DME Scheme
Craig L. Lovelace pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of approximately $11.4 million in medically unnecessary durable medical equipment (DME). According to court documents, Lovelace, through his company Advanced Medical Equipment Inc., billed Medicare and Medicaid for DME that was medically unnecessary, not ordered, or not provided as represented. In some instances, the patients had already died. To cover up his scheme, Lovelace directed the falsification of documents, including medical records, order forms, and supporting documentation, in response to Medicare audits and record requests. Read a Department of Justice press release.