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U.S. Department of Justice


United States Attorney James T. Jacks
Northern District of Texas

 

 

 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA INQUIRIES: KATHY COLVIN

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010
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DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT (DME) BUSINESS OWNER IN DALLAS
SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON IN
AGGRAVATED ID THEFT/MEDICARE FRAUD SCHEME

DALLAS — The owner of Beltline Medical Supplies, Inc., formerly in Dallas, Texas, Rafayel Movsesyan, 38, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 24 months in prison, following his guilty plea in November to one count of aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Movsesyan has been in custody since the time of his arrest in June 2009.

According to documents filed in the case, Movsesyan opened Beltline Medical Supplies, Inc. in Dallas in 2007 and submitted more than $1,028,000 in false claims to the Medicare program. Medicare issued payments to Beltline Medical totaling more than $166,000 as a result of Movsesyan’s fraudulent claims.

Documents filed in the case reveal that Movsesyan’s fraudulent Medicare claims, primarily for orthotic braces and supplies, falsely represented that the items had been prescribed and provided to the Medicare beneficiaries located in Ohio, California, South Texas, Florida, and other states. In reality, no items were ever ordered or provided. Additionally, Movesyan’s claims falsely stated that multiple physicians across the country had examined such beneficiaries and ordered these items, when in fact, the patients and physicians had never heard of each other and no examinations ever occurred. Movsesyan’s unlawful use of the names and Medicare numbers of patients and physicians led to the charges of aggravated identity theft.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine Miller and Sean R. McKenna were in charge of the prosecution.

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