Rick Brown, former president of Home Care America Inc., which managed the daily business operations of Medicall Physicians Group Ltd., was sentenced to 87 months in prison and to pay $1.3 million in restitution for his role in a $4 million health care fraud scheme. Medicall is a physician practice that visited patients in their homes and prescribed home health care. The evidence at trial showed that Brown and his co-conspirators routinely billed Medicare for overseeing patient care plans when in fact the doctors at Medicall rarely did so. The evidence also showed that Brown and his co-conspirators billed Medicare for services never provided, including services rendered to patients who were deceased, services purportedly provided by medical professionals no longer employed by Medicall, and services purportedly provided by medical professionals who, based on billing records, worked over 24 hours per day. DOJ
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