Virginia Doctor Sentenced For Lying to Grand Jury about Medicare Fraud Scheme
BOSTON - A Virginia podiatrist was sentenced yesterday for making false declarations to a grand jury about her participation in a Medicare fraud scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton sentenced Ilene Terrell, 65, of Fredericksburg, Va., to five months in prison, five months of home confinement, and two years of supervised release. He also ordered her to pay a $15,000 fine. In January 2014, Terrell pleaded guilty to four counts of making false declarations to a grand jury. Terrell, a podiatrist, lied to the grand jury about her role in falsifying patient medical records to induce Medicare to pay for claims for Orthofix bone growth stimulator medical devices that did not meet Medicare's payment guidelines. Bone growth stimulators are externally-worn medical devices that help regenerate bone cells and are used to assist the healing of broken bones. Medicare only pays for a bone growth stimulator, which costs approximately $4,000, if the medical supplier provides records demonstrating that fracture healing has ceased for three or more months.
- Date:April 18, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
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