Tuesday, April 29, 2008

guilty of stealing more than $600,000 in Medicare

ATLANTA (Map, News) - A federal jury on Monday found a former medical supply company executive guilty of stealing more than $600,000 in Medicare funds and more than $360,000 from her company.

Angela D. Isley, 44, former chief operating officer of Orthoscript Inc., was found guilty of health care fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

According to U.S. Attorney David Nahmias, Isley assigned incorrect product codes to wrist braces and walking boots in the Alpharetta-based medical supply company's inventory to receive higher payments from Medicare. The fraudulent bills totaled more than $600,000, according to Nahmias.

Isley also used company checks to pay personal credit card bills.

"Those who cheat Medicare are cheating the American taxpayers who ultimately bear the financial loss," Nahmias said.

Isley, of Atlanta, faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each of 14 counts of health care fraud, up to $250,000 for each of 35 counts of mail fraud and up to $250,000 for each of three money laundering counts.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 28 by U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.

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