Medical equipment company owner gets prison for role in $87M kickback scheme

A durable medical equipment company owner was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his role in an $87 million healthcare fraud scheme. 

Mark Sorensen, 53, of Chicago, owned Symed, a durable medical equipment pharmacy that paid kickbacks to obtain patients to bill Medicare, Tricare and the Labor Department's Office of Workers' Compensation, according to a March 27 Justice Department news release. The scheme occurred between 2015 and 2018. 

Mr. Sorensen and his co-conspirators allegedly tricked patients into agreeing to receive patients braces they did not need or want, according to the release. Through Symed, Mr. Sorensen and his co-conspirators billed Medicare $87 million and received $23.6 million. 

In addition to prison, Mr. Sorensen was ordered to forfeit $1.8 million. 

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