Biggest Medicare Fraud in History Busted, Say Feds

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Homeless 'Patients' Recruited in Alleged Medicare Fraud

Seventy-eight companies associated with Dr. Roy will have their Medicare eligibility suspended immediately as a result of this indictment, the Justice Department says, and six associates of Dr. Roy's alleged scheme were also charged as co-conspirators. Operating under the company names Apple of Your Eye, Ultimate Care and Charry Home Care, among others, the associates allegedly fed a steady stream of fraudulent clients to Dr. Roy to be certified as Medicare eligible. In some cases, the indictment charges, Medicare patients were recruited by offering cash and groceries in return for signing up for home health care. These fraudulent "patients" were then allegedly certified by Dr. Roy for services. Some of those recruits didn't even have a home to visit, according to sources close to the investigation: they were recruited from homeless shelters.

For example, the indictment charges that Charity Eleda of Charry Home Health services "visited The Bridge Homeless Shelter" in Dallas to recruit Medicare patients. She allegedly sat in a parked vehicle outside the shelter, and hired recruiters to send prospects to her car. She allegedly paid the recruiters $50 per new "patient." "Any treatment that Charity Eleda provided was either in her vehicle, in the courtyard of the Bridge, or on a park bench," said the indictment.

Dr. Roy's business manager, identified in the indictment as J.A., allegedly recorded phone calls with Dr. Roy in which he objected to working with the coconspirators to drum up phony business, and suggested that the company "invest in legitimate marketing" to attract business instead. According to the indictment, Dr. Roy responded, "I've done enough marketing to know it's b___sh__, and I don't want to do it."

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Federal sources say investigators have been looking into Dr. Roy's operation for years, and he was suspended from the Medicare program in 2011. But according to documents filed today, Dr. Roy found a way around the suspension by creating a new company, "Medcare HouseCalls," and working through his associated companies.

Last summer, investigators searched his home and found evidence that Dr. Roy had stashed some of money he alleged stole from Medicare in a secret account in the Cayman Islands. There was also evidence that Dr. Roy had created a false identity for himself -- he had a fake driver's license and a birth certificate in the name of Michel Poulin, and applications for Canadian citizenship. Investigators also found bank deposit slips from Cayman Island banks, a guide to yacht registration in the Caymans, a book titled "Hide Your A$$et$ and Disappear: A Step by Step Guide to Vanishing Without A Trace," and a copy of "The Offshore Money Manual."

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