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Operator of Durable Medical Equipment Companies Sentenced in Healthcare Kickback Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

ATLANTA – Simon Orobor has been sentenced for conspiring to pay healthcare kickbacks payments for unnecessary durable medical equipment (DME), resulting in more than $20 million in claims to, and $13 million in payments from, Medicare.

“Telemedicine kickback schemes victimize elderly Medicare beneficiaries when they are most vulnerable,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Our office will continue to work closely with our federal partners to identify these deceitful practices, and to prosecute the criminals who employ these schemes at the expense of our citizens who rely on the Medicare program.”

“The FBI is determined to protect all tax paying citizens who are affected by these kickback schemes, especially those who need government assistance for their health care needs,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “This sentencing is a step in the right direction to support our overall goal of stopping deceitful medical operators who steal and put tremendous pressure on our federally subsidized health care programs.” 

“This sentence sends a strong message that HHS-OIG will thoroughly investigate those who exploit Medicare patients and pay illegal kickbacks to prescribe medically unnecessary durable medical equipment for illegitimate financial gain. Our commitment to safeguarding the integrity of the Medicare and other federal healthcare programs remains unwavering,” said Tamala Miles, Special Agent in Charge with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”).

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges and other information presented in court: Between at least June 2016 and February 2019, Simon Orobor owned and operated Devotion Medical Supply, Inc. (“Devotion”) and Durable Medical Supply, Inc. (“Durable”), which provided durable medical equipment such as knee, back, shoulder, and wrist braces. Orobor, though another entity called Digital Interventions, LLC, obtained access to thousands of Medicare beneficiaries by paying, on a weekly basis, kickbacks to Individual 1 and Company 1 in exchange for signed doctors’ orders for these braces. As part of the conspiracy, Medicare beneficiaries were contacted by call centers located in India, the Philippines, and elsewhere, which often obtained patient consent and sales through fraudulent means.

Orobor and Individual 1 disguised the nature and source of these kickbacks by designating the payments as marketing, entering into sham contracts, and generating or causing the generation of fraudulent invoices. In total, Orobor, through Devotion and Durable, used the doctors’ orders obtained through kickbacks to submit claims to Medicare in the approximate amount of $20,555,772 and received Medicare reimbursement in the approximate amount of $13,360,721.89.

Simon Orobor, 60, of Houston, Texas was sentenced to 30 months of incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. Orobor was also ordered to pay $13,360,721.89 in restitution.   

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. O'Neal prosecuted the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6280.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated February 21, 2024

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