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Mississippi Resident Pleads Guilty To Medicare Fraud Scheme Involving Power Mobility Devices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2012
Memphis, TN – Tess Gurley Rouse, 41, of Corinth, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today to one count of defrauding Medicare of more than $368,000, announced United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton III.

Using her company, Eagle Eye Durable Medical Equipment in Counce, Tennessee, Rouse falsified claims electronically for Power Mobility Devices for Medicare beneficiaries in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and elsewhere. Many of the recipients would not have qualified for these devices under the criteria established by Medicare.

To further her scheme, Rouse supplied false documents including prescriptions, written orders, face-to face examinations, and detailed product descriptions purported to have the signature of the treating and referring physician.

Rouse is scheduled to be sentenced on March 21, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., by Judge J. Daniel Breen. She could receive up to 10 years in federal prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and be forced to pay restitution. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

These cases were investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General. These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stuart Canale on behalf of the government.

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