Former nurse practitioner pleads guilty to role in $136M Medicare fraud conspiracy

A former nurse practitioner pleaded guilty to her role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare of $136 million.

Jean Wilson of Richmond Hill, Ga., was a nurse practitioner in New Jersey. She was also the owner of telemedicine companies Advantage Choice Care and Tele Medcare and orthotic brace suppliers Southeastern DME and Choice Care Medical, according to a March 8 news release from the Justice Department.

Through these companies, Ms. Wilson "recruited medical professionals who were bribed to sign prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries for orthotic braces and prescription drugs that were medically unnecessary, ineligible for Medicare reimbursement, or not provided as represented," according to the release. 

Ms. Wilson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud. She has agreed to pay more than $66 million in restitution to Medicare and the IRS as part of her plea.

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