Man Sentenced in DME Scheme
Jeffrey Brooks was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Last year he paid $850,000 in a civil settlement. Evidence showed that Brooks operated at least eight durable medical equipment (DME) companies. Through them, Brooks was charged with conspiring to submit or cause to be submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and CHAMPVA for braces that were not medically necessary, eligible for reimbursement, and/or obtained through the payment of kickbacks and bribes. Evidence showed that Brooks and his co-conspirators purchased Medicare beneficiaries’ personal identifying information (PII) and purported personal health information (PHI) from third-party call centers in order to generate doctors’ orders for braces. Read a story from WYFF 4 and a Department of Justice press release.