Update: Doctors Sentenced in DME Scheme

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Update to a February 6, 2023, article: Zusmer was sentenced to more than eight years in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.4 million in restitution. Alexander was sentenced to almost three years in prison. Read a Department of Justice press release.

Dean Zusmer and Lawrence Alexander were convicted for their roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting over $31 million in claims for expensive durable medical equipment (DME) that Medicare beneficiaries did not need and that were procured through the payment of kickbacks. Marketers used overseas call centers to solicit patients and telemedicine companies to procure prescriptions for unnecessary braces for these patients. Read a Department of Justice press release.



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