Houston doctor pleads guilty to power chair scam

Saturday, April 30, 2005

HOUSTON -- A doctor here pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing Medicare for $30 million by selling certificates of medical necessity and prescriptions for power chairs and other DME, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. Dr. Callie Herpin said at a hearing that she and an accomplice sold CMNs for about $200, wrote more than 920 fraudulent orders and received $184,000 in return. Herpin also admitted she did not examine many of the patients to determine their Medicare edibility to receive a power chair.