Medical equipment company owner pleads guilty in $2M billing fraud scheme

The owner of a Stuart, Fla.-based durable medical equipment company has pleaded guilty to a $2.2 million fraudulent Medicare billing scheme.

Always Medical Supply owner Ariel Paez, 56, billed Medicare for durable medical equipment that was never provided to beneficiaries, according to an Aug. 4 U.S. Justice Department news release.  

The company submitted the fraudulent claims to Medicare between November 2021 and May 2022, according to the release. Medicare paid out more than $1.4 million of those claims. 

Mr. Paez is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. 

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