Couple earned $8 million in Medicare fraud scheme



 Moss Point residents LaTanicia McMillan Rogers and Wayne Rogers were convicted Monday of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and theft of government funds, U.S. Attorney Donald R. Burkhalter said. The two were involved in a health care–fraud scheme in which they billed Medicare for more than $18 million for physical therapy services they fraudulently claimed were being performed by a licensed doctor.

LaTanicia Rogers was also convicted of three more counts of health-care fraud and two counts of making a false statement relating to health care. Evidence from the trial showed she oversaw the scam and was in charge of the daily operations of Primary Physical Medicine Inc., the company that falsely billed Medicare.

In the course of 18 months the defendants submitted claims to Medicare for providing physical-therapy services to Medicare beneficiaries in their homes. The therapy services were provided by Wayne Rogers, who was not a qualified physician or physical therapist. He also gave employees for about two weeks’ training to provide in-home therapy.

The defendants over-billed Medicare, saying the therapy services lasted between five and nine hours per patient per day. They were paid more than $8 million of the claims they submitted.

Jim Davis Hull, a former Moss Point municipal judge and attorney, testified against the defendants. Hull is serving a five-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to his role in the Primary Physical Medicine scam, and fraudulent schemes involving two other medical clinics.

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