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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 4, 2019

Duo Sentenced And Ordered To Pay $757,499.06 In Restitution

HAMMOND-Edward Kerr, Jr., 56, of San Pierre, Indiana and Tammy Estrada, 36, of North Judson, Indiana, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon following their pleas of guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.    

Edward Kerr Jr. was sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $757,499.06 in restitution.

Tammy Estrada was sentenced to 6 months home detention along with 2 years’ supervised release and ordered to pay $757,499.06 in restitution.

According to documents in the case, Edward Kerr, Jr., Tammy Estrada, and Brenda Kerr participated in a scheme in which United Mobile Care of San Pierre, Indiana, submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for transporting recipients by ambulance to dialysis appointments, when in fact the recipients were ambulatory and ineligible for ambulance transportation under Medicare and Medicaid. Edward Kerr, Jr. admitted he was United Mobile Care’s leader/manager.

Brenda Kerr was sentenced on September 13, 2019, to 2 years’ probation with 12 months of home detention and ordered to pay $757,499.06 in restitution. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was handled by Northern District of Indiana Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Berkowitz.

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Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
Updated October 4, 2019