MEDICAL SUPPLY EXECUTIVE IMPRISONED FOR DEFRAUDING MEDICARE

moneylaundering.jpg.gifOn August 4, 2008, U.S. Attorney for the District of Northern Georgia David Nahmias announced that Angela D. Isley, , 44, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced by United States District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. to serve more than 5 years in prison on charges of health care fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering.
According to United States Attorney Nahmias and the information presented in court: Between January 2001 and December 2003, ISLEY knowingly assigned incorrect “product codes” to certain wrist braces and walking boots in Orthoscript Incorporated’s inventory in order to generate higher reimbursements from Medicare. ISLEY instructed company employees, often over their objections, to file claims with Medicare listing fraudulent product codes which are to be specifically used for custom-fabricated wrist braces, when all Orthoscript actually supplied were cheaper, prefabricated, off-the-shelf items. As a result of the health care fraud scheme, ISLEY caused Orthoscript to fraudulently bill the Medicare program for more than $600,000.
ISLEY’s responsibilities at Orthoscript also included handling and accounting for ordinary business expenses, such as writing checks to vendors. Between April 2001 and April 2004, ISLEY wrote Orthoscript company checks to pay her and her partner’s personal Capital One credit card bills, and used her sole control over Orthoscript’s books to cause these payments, totaling more than $360,000, to be falsely recorded as legitimate business expenses. Orthoscript’s officers and shareholders never authorized ISLEY to obtain reimbursement for these personal expenses. The read the full text of the DOJ/USAO press release, click here.