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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:44 PM

Scooter Store Busted by FBI - Medicare Fraud

I have personal knowledge of this case, and it's good to see the feds going after businesses that are ripping off Medicare. In January, it was revealed that the Scooter Store was overpaid almost 100 million by Medicare and would be required to repay a portion, about 20 million. This morning, the headquarters has been raided by the FBI.

The Scooter Store has recently laid off workers, claiming that new healthcare laws have hurt business (of course, blaming Obama):

Federal authorities executed a search warrant at the Scooter Store's New Braunfels headquarters this morning.

Representatives with the FBI and Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the action but declined to offer any details.

The Texas Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud control unit also participated.

I can confirm we're there, conducting a regular and usual investigative activity, said Erik Vasys, FBI special agent and spokesman.

Michael B. Clark, The Scooter Store's chief administrative officer, and Tim Zipp, a company spokesman, didn't immediately respond to phone calls.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/FBI-executes-search-warrant-at-the-Scooter-Store-4293619.php#ixzz2LSiDB5mL



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Reply Scooter Store Busted by FBI - Medicare Fraud (Original post)
Avalux Feb 2013 OP
NMDemDist2 Feb 2013 #1
KamaAina Feb 2013 #2
Avalux Feb 2013 #6
sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #3
Big Blue Marble Feb 2013 #8
hlthe2b Feb 2013 #9
ChazII Feb 2013 #12
sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #15
KG Feb 2013 #4
lpbk2713 Feb 2013 #5
Avalux Feb 2013 #7
KharmaTrain Feb 2013 #10
Avalux Feb 2013 #11
siligut Feb 2013 #19
spinbaby Feb 2013 #13
ThoughtCriminal Feb 2013 #14
MineralMan Feb 2013 #16
siligut Feb 2013 #17
DainBramaged Feb 2013 #18

Response to Avalux (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:48 PM

1. good

my DH rants about that all the time.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:57 PM

6. Thanks!

I'm very happy to see this happen.

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:55 PM

3. About time. Every person over the age 66 thinks they're 'entitled' to one via Medicare.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:02 PM

8. Please do not be so quick to generalize.

Many of us who are over sixty-five, prize our mobility.
It keeps us going. And those who are less mobile often do
need extra support. My husband who was partially disabled walked
when he could, but it would be for short distances. He did love
the carts at the grocery story. They gave him the mobility he
could no longer achieve by himself.

That being said, I, too, am glad they are coming after this scam.

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Response to Big Blue Marble (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:11 PM

9. I applaud the availability to those who truly need them...

That said, I have to admit the eight weeks I was on crutches after a major ankle surgery a few years back (and had to rely on one of these in the grocery store) convinced me to do whatever it takes to stay healthy and mobile for as long as humanly possible. I'm more than happy to park the far end of the lot, go after the scofflaws who have no legitimate right to the handicapped spaces, and open doors for those who can not, because someday it could be any of us requiring that help.

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Response to Big Blue Marble (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:24 PM

12. Agree with your comments.

My neighbor would rather walk than use her scooter. However, taking her beagle for a stroll using her walker is easier for her. She goes for walks but with Copper, well he sometimes likes to go for drags rather than walks.

It is about time that this as well as the braces get investigated.

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Response to Big Blue Marble (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:49 PM

15. Yes, it was a generalization. I'm 65 and know a guy who plays softball, but

still has a scooter for everywhere else except the diamond. I asked him why he had it when he really doesn't need it and his answer was because he got it for free.

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:55 PM

4. how will the 'baggers get to their rallies?

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:57 PM

5. RWingers will continue to blame Obama and the Dems for this business failure.




And they will continue to turn a blind eye to the Scooter Store's long term corrupt business practices.


Partially because of their agenda and partially because of chronic willful ignorance.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:59 PM

7. Yes they will. There are so many businesses like this,

out there raking in a killing by overcharging Medicare; then laying off workers by claiming Obamacare is forcing them to do it. Lying bastards.

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:11 PM

10. A Friend Of My Got Ripped Off By Them...

...he was blind and confined to a nursing home for the last years of his life (he passed away last year). At one point someone suggested he look into a "power chair" to help get him around and ordered one one from the "Scooter Store". It took forever for the chair to show up and then it didn't work properly...and definitely wasn't very blind-friendly. He decided to return it and ran into all sorts of problems with the company owner who refused to honor his own warranty. He then found out he had been double-billed...and fortunately was able to put a stop to that. The chair ended up sitting in the corner of his room. The company was a real sleazy operation...no surprise they've been nailed.

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:19 PM

11. I've heard similar stories.

There are a lot of businesses like this one that were STARTED because they knew they could make a huge profit from Medicare. Sleazy people who don't care a bit about others.

I hope the crackdown continues. It's one way to cut Medicare costs without hurting the recipient.

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Response to Avalux (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:03 PM

19. Medicare fraud is a business plan in some states and institutions

The savings could be huge.

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:31 PM

13. About time

My mother lives in a retirement community. When she first moved there in the 90s, a few people used scooters to get themselves to the main dining room and usually parked them in the corner. Now there are so many scooters that they had to build a large room near the dining room just to park the things. The population of this place isn't more disabled than they used to be, they were just all sold scooters.

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:35 PM

14. How will the tea-baggers get to their anti-entitlement rallies?

Walk? Communist!

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:53 PM

16. Call Today for Your Free Scooter!

But wait, there's more! If you call now, we'll send you TWO FREE SCOOTERS, at no cost to you. Medicare will pay for it all!

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:01 PM

17. I am still seeing their ads

"Free, at no charge to you, call now" Assholes. Close that loophole and solder it shut with repug tears.

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Response to Avalux (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:03 PM

18. Anyone smell something burning?

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