Woman indicted for health care fraud in $400,000 of air-mattress sales

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A saleswoman who worked for two durable medical equipment companies was indicted today for health care fraud in connection with about $400,000 in billings for specialized air mattresses which prosecutors said were backed by false and forged documents.

Mary Monica Wilson-Lefler, 62, of Sewickley, sold powered pressure reducing air mattresses, used to alleviate some pressure ulcers, especially those on the trunk or pelvis.

She told her clients -- assisted living and personal care facilities -- that Medicare would pay for the mattresses for residents with incontinence, compromised nutrition or circulation, impaired cognitive function or walking problems, according to the indictment.

She prepared documents falsely claiming that the residents had pressure ulcers and sometimes forged the names of caregivers, according to the indictment.

She got the residents' personal physicians to write prescriptions for the mattresses, resulting in bills to Medicare and Security Blue of approximately $400,000 and payments to the equipment firms of about $200,000, prosecutors said.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton's office said in a press release that Ms. Wilson-Lefler made false claims for mattresses 83 patients in four facilities.

She is set to be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy on Oct. 10.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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