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Feb 1, 2012 8:34 AM by AP

Patient recruiter pleads in fraud scheme

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Atlanta man has pleaded guilty for his role in a Louisiana-based Medicare fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for unnecessary durable medical equipment, including leg and arm braces, power wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories.
The U.S. Department of Justice says 61-year-old Fred D. Belcher pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Federal prosecutors say Belcher admitted working as a recruiter for Healthcare 1 LLC, Medical 1 Patient Services LLC and Lifeline Healthcare Services Inc., Louisiana companies that fraudulently billed about $1.5 million to the Medicare program from 2004 to 2009.
Belcher faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

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