2009-12-17 / Police Reports

Couple Charged With $1.2M Medicare Fraud

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Philadelphia couple and their medical supply company have been charged in what authorities say was $1.2 million Medicare scam.

Federal prosecutors say Robert and Sheila Saul ran a years-long scheme in which they paid kickbacks to health care workers for patients’ personal information.

Authorities say the couple then ordered unnecessary equipment for the patients through their company, R&V Medical Supplies, and sought reimbursement from Medicare and other programs.

The indictment says patients were told the equipment, including braces and wheelchairs, was being provided for free by the city, or that their doctors had approved it.

The Sauls were charged Thursday with conspiracy; Robert Saul was also charged with health care fraud and other offenses. Their attorneys say the couple will plead not guilty.

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