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Nashville woman must repay $1.7M in Medicare fraud scheme

Posted October 4, 2012

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— A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Nashville woman to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution for a Medicare fraud scheme.

Donna Dickens, 55, pleaded guilty last December to health care fraud. U.S. District Judge James Fox sentenced her to five years in prison, followed by three years on probation.

Prosecutors said Dickens billed Medicare between January 2005 and March 2010 for medical equipment that was either unnecessary or not delivered to Medicare beneficiaries by Dickens Health Care Supplies. They said her company also would routinely request reimbursement for equipment that exceeded the cost of what it actually provided to people.

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  • pedsRN Oct 5, 2012

    "SHE SHOULD ALSO SERVE 25 YEARS IN PRISON OR MORE..."

    The only problem with that is she wouldn't be able to earn the money which is expected to pay back. Probably has spent a good deal if not all of it.

  • wild bill Oct 5, 2012

    Thats one of the big reasons medicare is going broke! Thats one of the very small fish.Let the goverment start with the big ones.( like the whales)

    Try this from today's news:

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/10/05/966831/massive-430-million-medicare-fraud-bust/

  • Gork Oct 5, 2012

    Nobody rips medicare off more than "legitimate" healthcare providers...

  • Scubagirl Oct 5, 2012

    Agreed Taxman. EVERYTHING she owns should be sold to help pay back this money she STOLE from all of us! Anything less is just a slap on the wrist to her. AND a little more time in jail as well.

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Oct 5, 2012

    I'm in complete agreeance with you taxman. if you run for president, I'll vote for you!

  • delilahk2000 Oct 5, 2012

    SHE SHOULD ALSO SERVE 25 YEARS IN PRISON OR MORE...

  • mom97 Oct 5, 2012

    I agree with Tax Man & would love to see that happen; but it won't. She'll end up sucking more tax dollars as she's kept in a climate controlled cell, fed 3 square meals a day, and have access to life's modern conveniences.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 5, 2012

    Five years is not enough. Medicare needs to be ended. It is the most expensive insurance and it provides lousy benefits. Unfortunately, the Federal Government seizes the money from you along the way, forces you to sign up at age 65 and then seizes more money from you. The fraud is impossible for them to contain. There are too many providers and lord knows how many millions upon million of claims coming in. It is just all too easy for the system to be scammed. Worst of all, if you actually want GOOD coverage you have to purchase more insurance in addition to the already costly Medicare insurance. It is amazing to me how the scams of Medicare and Social Security continue to be foisted on all of us.

  • piene2 Oct 5, 2012

    Lots of luck Feds. they have about as much chance of recovering the money as I have of growing wings and flying around the world.

  • Tax Man Oct 5, 2012

    Prison for fraudsters should be "pay as you stay" and they should have to work seven days a week on public service projects with all their pay being used to pay for their room and board. Once out of prison she needs to have her paycheck go directly to the probation dept and then they can give her the basics out of it and keep the rest toward her restitution. Also she needs to have any assets seized and sold to pay the government back. What a crook.

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