Akinsunbo Akinbile, who owns and operates Hallco Medical Supply, a Houston-area durable medical equipment (DME) company, pled guilty late last year to eight counts of Medicare fraud. He has now been sentenced to 30 months in prison. After he completes his prison term, Mr. Akinbile must serve three additional years of supervised release. He was also sentenced to pay restitution in the amount of $471,022 — the same amount he fraudulently obtained from Medicare through false claims.
Hallco Medical Supply provided orthotics and other durable medical equipment to Medicare beneficiaries. However, Hallco submitted Medicare claims for orthotics and other DME devices that were not medically necessary and/or were not actually provided by the company. Many of these claims were for orthotic devices that were part of “arthritis kits,” purportedly used in treatment of arthritis-related conditions. These kits contained an assortment of braces and accessories. Over a two year period, Mr. Akinbile submitted claims to Medicare for about $737,770 and was paid about $471,022.
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