Two owners of psychological service companies have been convicted in an $8.9 million Medicare fraud scheme that billed Medicare for unnecessary or nonexistent tests on nursing home patients in four Gulf Coast states. Rodney Hesson and his mother, 63-year-old Gertrude Parker, say they will appeal their conspiracy convictions. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier scheduled sentencing for May 4 for both Defendants, who owned separate companies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
A jury convicted the two individuals of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and of conspiracy to make false statements about health care. Jurors also found them responsible for $8.9 million in fraudulent payments, and said they must forfeit $525,600 that investigators seized. Hesson should forfeit his home, according to a news release.
Two psychologists who worked for the Defendants pleaded guilty in September, admitting they were responsible for more than $5.6 million in fraudulent claims. Hesson, a psychologist, owned Nursing Home Psychological Services of Louisiana LLC and similarly named companies in the other states. His mother owned Psychological Care Services of Louisiana and a similarly named company in each other state. Between 2009 and 2015, the eight companies submitted more than $25.2 million in claims to Medicare, which paid more than $13.5 million on fraudulent claims.
Source: Associated Press
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