PWC scheme earns woman prison time

Saturday, September 30, 2006

HOUSTON - A Houston woman must serve 15 months in prison for a wheelchair scheme that, prosecutors say, bilked Medicare out of more than $2 million. Pearlie Warfield, 56, and her daughter admitted making more than $100,000 in commissions--$200 for each person they signed up for an unnecessary power wheelchair, according to The Associated Press. Instead of power wheelchairs, the people got less expensive power scooters, and the Houston-based Legend Medical Services kept the difference. The daughter, Veronda Warfield, 38, was sentenced to 30 months of home confinement.