After a three-day trial, a federal jury found a New Orleans woman guilty Thursday for her role in an approximately $3.2 million Medicare fraud and kickback scheme that took place over a five-year period.
Sandra Parkman, 61, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, two counts of health care fraud and five counts of accepting kickbacks, the Department of Justice said.
Evidence presented at Parkman's trial said she and others engaged in a scheme to provide medically unnecessary durable medical equipment, including power wheelchairs, to Medicare beneficiaries in and around New Orleans from 2004 to 2009.
Parkman received kickback payments from the equipment supply company in return for providing eligible Medicare beneficiaries' personal information to the company, and to also obtain physician signatures on order forms.
Parkman and co-defendant Tracy Richardson Brown, who was previously convicted in June 2016 and sentenced to 48 months in prison, caused Medicare to pay more than $3.2 million based on those illegally obtained referrals.
The DOJ said Parkman's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 17 with U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt of the Eastern District of Louisiana presiding over the trial.