Detroit-Area Patient Recruiter and Physical Therapist Convicted in $1.6 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON, DC – A federal jury in Detroit on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015,  convicted a patient recruiter and a physical therapist for their roles in a $1.6 million Medicare fraud scheme.Medicare Fraud

Reginald Smith, 54-years-old, of Flint, Michigan, a patient recruiter, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to solicit and receive health care kickbacks.

Rajan Patel, 30-years-old, of Clinton Township, Michigan, a physical therapist, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, three counts of health care fraud, and three counts of making false statements relating to health care matters.

Sentencing hearings are scheduled for April 16th, 2015, and April 15th, 2015, respectively, before U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow of the Eastern District of Michigan.

According to evidence presented at trial, Smith worked as a patient recruiter for Angle’s Touch Home Health Care LLC (Angle’s Touch) in 2011 and 2012. In that role, he solicited patients for foot care services at adult foster care homes. Smith then referred the patients to Angle’s Touch for medically unnecessary home health care services in exchange for kickbacks. The kickbacks were disguised as payments to Smith’s nonprofit Medicare provider, People Helping People of Detroit.

Patel worked as a physical therapist at Angle’s Touch. According to the evidence presented at trial, Patel and others recruited patients from an adult daycare center in Flint, Michigan. Patel then fabricated patient medical records to make it appear that the recruited patients qualified for and received the home health care services, when they did not.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Medicare paid Angle’s Touch over $1.6 million in the course of the conspiracy.

Four other individuals charged in this case pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with their roles in the fraud scheme.

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