Insurance Fraud NEWS
Restraining order requested for Thomson business woman convicted of fraud
April 08, 2019, Thomson, GA
A Thomson medical equipment company owner who was convicted of medicare fraud and other charges is prohibited from disposing of any assets until a May 17 hearing to determine whether the restraining order will be permanent.
Detra Wiley Pate may contest the restraining order requested by federal prosecutors at the hearing. She was convicted in December in U.S. District Court of 33 counts of health care fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud and aggravated identity theft for crimes that dated back to 2014. Pate recently lost motions that sought to reverse her convictions.
According to the motion, Pate’s convictions support a substantial restitution to compensate health care benefits programs, including Medicare, of at least $1 million.
Pate is the owner and chief executive officer of Southern Respiratory of Thomson and the Double T Holdings LLC. According to court documents, Pate submitted thousands of false claims, fabricated patient files, and falsified prescriptions from doctors for items such as heavy-duty wheelchairs, which she replaced with much cheaper, standard wheelchairs.
The federal prosecutors noted in court documents that Pate owns the Southern Respiratory property valued at $606,488, her home valued a $562,598, and another property in McDuffie County valued at $322,067. Pate also has a 1.5 carat diamond and a Rolex watch, items federal prosecutors contend she purchased by defrauding health care benefits programs.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle