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Patient Recruiter From Detroit Area Pleads Guilty to Medicare Fraud Charges

A patient recruiter from the Detroit area has pleaded guilty to participating in a Medicare fraud scheme as an employee of Blessed Medical Clinic. Daron Elder has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  He could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine.

Mr. Elder allegedly paid Medicare beneficiaries kickbacks to undergo diagnostic tests that he knew were medically unnecessary. In exchange for the cash kickbacks, the recruited patients provided their Medicare identification so it could be used to submit false claims to Medicare. According to the Justice Department, Daron Elder’s participation in the Medicare fraud scheme contributed to the submission of about $2.5 million in fraudulent Medicare claims.

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