Fraudulent providers follow Katrina in La.

Friday, September 30, 2005

LAFAYETTE, La. - The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana released an alert recently warning residents of door-to-door salesmen selling power wheelchairs and scooters. The bureau, which serves seven parishes, believes there are several companies operating across the state and to the east and west from Texas to Mississippi. Representatives from the companies are showing up at the doors of Medicare beneficiaries with what appear to be legitimate forms. They then tell beneficiaries that they may be eligible to receive a power wheelchair or scooter at little cost. One woman received paperwork in the mail that showed Medicare had paid $5,000 for her chair and she would be billed for the remainder: almost $1,200.