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It was truly a family affair, and an astounding one at that!
Mom is Diane Jackson, owner of a home health care business in Maryland. Two of her children, both boys, learned a little bit too much about the health care business. While Mom is still being investigated, the sons were recently convicted of conspiracy and fraud — and a very nasty scam, indeed.
Rodney Jackson, 32, of Teaneck, New Jersey, and Carey Jackson, 30, of Brooklyn, New York, began an elaborate scheme in 1991 that ultimately defrauded Medicare of an estimated $750,000.
The first step in the plan included visiting senior citizen housing projects and staging “Health Fairs.” While the Jackson brothers handed out a few trinkets, etc., the gatherings were simply a front to allow them to get the Medicare numbers of the attending seniors.
Later, the brothers would complete Medicare claim forms and include certificates of necessity for high-priced medical equipment. “Beulah Jones needs a special bed,” or “Rob Anderson requires a motorized wheelchair.” The equipment was never delivered, but there were no complaints from the seniors because they were not expecting anything. So Medicare paid and paid and paid some more.
There were a variety of other participants in the scheme:
The suppliers that accepted the orders were paying the brothers ten percent but not shipping merchandise. They’re currently under investigation.
At least one doctor was paid for her signature on the necessary forms. She’s currently under investigation.
Many more health care providers may also be implicated, and they, too, are under investigation.
And, Mom! Dear, sweet, Morn. We can’t forget her — nor will the investigators.
So far, only the two brothers have been convicted of charges. The sentencing date has not vet been set but they are facing prison terms of five years each, plus fines.
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