If the Shoe Fits

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Physical therapist placing kinesio tape on patient's foot

It ‘s no secret that most women love shoes. It ‘s not clear whether the woman in today ‘s “Fraud of the Day” had a shoe fetish, but she most definitely used her position as a store manager for a diabetic footwear store to defraud Medicaid of more than $900,000.

The former diabetic footwear store manager carried out her racket by submitting false claims to the government health care program for medical equipment that was not medically necessary, not prescribed by a physician or provided to the patient named in the claim. She used the proceeds from her illegal scam for her own benefit. (I wonder if she bought any new shoes with her take.)

The 52-year-old woman pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud. She was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and must serve three years of supervised release after her time behind bars is served. The former shoe salesman must also pay $948,361 in restitution and forfeiture. (The real kicker is that she may have to give up all the shoes in her closet and more to pay that enormous debt.)

This was not the Georgia woman ‘s first run-in with the law. Apparently, she has prior federal convictions including bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and social security fraud. (So it looks like the fraud shoe fits and she ‘s going to have to wear it on those cold, hard concrete floors. My guess is she will be wishing she had a good pair of orthotics.)

 

Source: Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Savannah woman sentenced to more than 3 years in federal prison for Medicaid fraud,” published by Savannah Morning News on May 26, 2017.

A 52-year-old Savannah woman was sentenced to more than 3 years in federal prison this week for her role in a scheme to defraud Medicaid.

Barbara Wallace was sentenced to 41 months in prison and to serve 3 years of supervised release upon her release from prison, and to pay $948,361 in restitution and forfeiture, said Acting United States Attorney James D. Durham.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.