Sunday, June 26, 2011

Veronica Ann Lewis Green Ordered to Pay Restitution to Medicare, Blue Cross, and the Social Security Administration


BATON ROUGE, LA—United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., announced that U.S. District Judge Frank J. Polozola sentenced Veronica Ann Lewis Green, 43, of Gonzales, Louisiana, to thirty months in prison, restitution of $1,128,308, and two years’ supervised release after imprisonment. Judge Polozola ordered GREEN to pay restitution to Medicare, Blue Cross, and the Social Security Administration.

GREEN pled guilty on February 23, 2011, to one count of health care fraud and one count of fraud on the Social Security Administration. From April 2006 through August 2009, GREEN submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare. The false claims led to Medicare and Blue Cross of Louisiana issuing payments to GREEN’s medical supply business. GREEN owned and operated AYS Medical Supplies, which was located in Gonzales, Louisiana. GREEN defrauded Medicare by submitting claims for durable medical equipment which was neither medically necessary nor actually provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

In the course of investigating the false claims to Medicare and Blue Cross, investigators also discovered that GREEN submitted false information to the Social Security Administration for the purpose of obtaining disability benefits for herself and her family.

Judge Polozola sentenced GREEN to repay $969,127 to Medicare and $654 to Blue Cross. GREEN was also ordered to repay $152,627 to the Social Security Administration.

The investigation of GREEN was conducted by the Medicare Strike Force, which is comprised of Special Agents of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the FBI, and the Louisiana Department of Justice, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The investigation was also assisted by AdvanceMed, the Medicare Program Integrity Contractor. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rene Salomon.

The joint DOJ-HHS Medicare Fraud Strike Force is a multi-agency team of federal, state and local investigators designed to combat Medicare fraud through the use of Medicare data analysis techniques and an increased focus on community policing.

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