Physician assistant found guilty of fraud
WASHINGTON – A Los Angeles physician assistant who stole the identities of doctors to write medically unnecessary DME prescriptions was sentenced to serve 72 months in prison, according to an FBI press release. David James Garrison was connected to an $18.9 million Medicare fraud scheme. After a two-week trial in June 2012, a federal jury found Garrison guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, six counts of healthcare fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. Trial evidence showed that Garrison worked at fraudulent medical clinics that operated as prescription mills and trafficked in fraudulent prescriptions for expensive DME and diagnostic tests, which were used by DME supply companies to defraud Medicare. In addition to the prison term, Garrison was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $24,935 in restitution.