Monday, December 17, 2012

Kenny Msiakii, 44, of Houston, was Convicted of Eight Counts of Health Care Fraud.


WASHINGTON – The owner and operator of a Louisiana-based durable medical equipment (DME) company was convicted today by a federal jury in Houston for his role in a $6.7 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas; and Special Agent in Charge Mike Fields of the Dallas Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG).

Kenny Msiakii, 44, of Houston, was convicted of eight counts of health care fraud.

According to court documents, Msiakii was the owner and operator of Joy Supply and General Services, a company based in Shreveport, La., that purported to provide orthotics and other DME, including power wheelchairs, to Medicare beneficiaries.

Msiakii used Joy Supply’s Medicare provider number to submit claims to Medicare for DME, including orthotic devices, that was medically unnecessary and, in some cases, never provided. Many of the orthotic devices were components of “arthritis kits” and purported to be for the treatment of arthritis-related conditions; however, the devices were neither medically necessary nor appropriate for such conditions. The arthritis kit generally contained a number of orthotic devices including braces for both sides of the body and related accessories such as heat pads.

According to court documents, from November 2007 through September 2009, Msiakii submitted claims of approximately $6.7 million to Medicare and was paid approximately $3.6 million for devices that were not medically necessary and, in some cases, never provided.

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