Patient recruiter sentenced for fraud scheme

Thursday, September 13, 2012

WASHINGTON ­– A patient recruiter was sentenced this week to serve 18 months in prison for her involvement in a Medicare fraud scheme. Karen Rayburn, 47, a recruiter for several Louisiana DME companies, was one of several people who took part in a scheme involving fraudulent claims and illegal kick back payments for unnecessary DME, according to the Department of Justice. Between 2004 and 2009, Rayburn allegedly obtained information from Medicare beneficiaries and falsified prescriptions for medical equipment, which she then submitted as fraudulent claims to Medicare. In addition to her prison term, Rayburn was ordered to pay $3.18 million in restitution and sentenced to two years of supervised release. Eight other defendants have been sentenced for taking part in the scheme, and three additional defendants await sentencing.