Update: Medical Equipment Company Owner Sentenced

Power Wheelchair

In an update to a July 6, 2023, story, Tamara Motley was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $13 million in restitution. Read a Department of Justice press release.

Tamara Yvonne Motley, aka Tamara Ogembe, was found guilty of nearly two dozen felonies for billing Medicare more than $24 million by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary durable medical equipment (DME) – mostly power wheelchairs and power wheelchair repairs, many of which were never performed. According to evidence presented at trial, Motley was the de facto owner of Action Medical Equipment and Supplies and Kaja Medical Equipment & Supply. She orchestrated a scheme in which she paid marketers for patient referrals and then directed them to take patients to corrupt physicians, who prescribed medically unnecessary DME, such as power wheelchairs, that Motley’s companies used to submit fraudulent bills to Medicare. Read a Department of Justice press release.    

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