Texas provider sentenced in $6.7M fraud scheme
WASHINGTON – The owner and operator of a Louisiana-based HME company received a 97-month prison sentence for his role in a $6.7 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). On Dec. 13, 2012, a federal grand jury found Kenny Msiakii, of Houston, guilty of eight counts of healthcare fraud. Msiakii was the owner and operator of Joy Supply and General Services, based in Shreveport, La., a company that purported to provide orthotics and other HME, including power wheelchairs, to Medicare beneficiaries. From November 2007 to September 2009, he used Joy Supply’s Medicare provider number to submit false claims to Medicare and was paid approximately $3.6 million for devices that were not medically necessary and, in some cases, never provided, according to the release. In addition to his prison term, Kenny Msiakii will serve three years of supervised release and pay $2.5 million in restitution.