This week, it was announced that a jury had found a New Orleans woman guilty for her role in a $3.2 million Medicare fraud and kickback scheme. After a three-day trial, 61-year-old Sandra Parkman was convicted of one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, two counts of health care fraud, five counts of accepting kickbacks, and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
The defendant is now scheduled to be sentenced on January 17, 2018. Evidence presented during the trial showed that Parkman and others engaged in a scheme to provide medically unnecessary equipment to Medicare beneficiaries from 2004 to 2009. The equipment included power wheelchairs. Evidence concluded that Parkman received kickback payments from the equipment supply company in return for providing the company with the personal information of eligible Medicare beneficiaries.
The defendant was also paid kickbacks to obtain physician signatures on order forms. In total, it was alleged that Parkman’s co-defendant, Tracy Richardson Brown, caused Medicare to pay more than $3.2 million based on the illegal referrals. Brown was convicted following a trial in June of 2016. Brown was ultimately sentenced to 48 months in prison.
Again, Sandra Parkman has been founded guilty. She will be sentenced on January 17, 2018. More details can be found here.