Friday March 9, 2012
Please share this Fraud Alert Dear SMP readers,
with colleagues, consumers,
or other professionals in your This week’s Fraud Alert includes information about a new Spanish
area. If you have any SMP tip sheet, an announcement about 11 new Medicare fraud
questions about the Illinois indictments in the Chicago area, two scam warnings, and an article
SMP program, or to receive about the new Medicare Summary Notice in “Fraud in the News.”
these Fraud Alerts directly,
please contact Erin Weir, Have a great weekend!
Protection Coordinator at
AgeOptions. What you will find in this week’s Fraud Alert
DME Tip Sheet Available in Spanish!
This project was supported in part USDOJ Announces Health Care Fraud Indictments in Chicago
by grant numbers 90MP0026 and
90MP0127 from the U.S. Sweepstakes Scam in Springfield
Administration on Aging, Consulting Scam in Bloomington
Department of Health and Human
Services, Washington, D.C. DM E Tip Sheet Available in Spanish!
20201. Grantees undertaking
Our Illinois SMP tip sheet on durable medical equipment and fraud is
projects under government
sponsorship are encouraged to now available in Spanish, in addition to English and 12 other non-English
express freely their findings and languages. To download this tip sheet, visit our website at
conclusions. Points of view or www.illinoissmp.org and click on “Illinois SMP Materials” to view our
opinions do not, therefore, educational materials page.
necessarily represent official
Administration on Aging policy.
USDOJ Announces Health Care Fraud Indictments in Chicago
Fraud In The News
The U.S. Department of Justice announced 11 more indictments this
The following are current
news articles about health week in a home health fraud case involving Perpetual Home Health of
Oak Forest and Legacy Home Health of Chicago. The allegations in this
care and fraud issues.
case involve more than $20 million in charges of fraud, conspiracy,
medical kickbacks, money laundering, and income tax evasion. The full
Health Care Fraud:
press release is available here:
1. “Medicare Combats Fraud
With Billing Statements
that Beneficiaries Can
Health News): Sweepstakes Scam in Springfield
Our SMP partners in Springfield notified us this week of a fake
Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstakes scam. An older Springfield
woman received a phone call from someone telling her that she won the
Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes, but that she needs to pay taxes
bills.aspx?utm_source=kh on her winnings before she receives them. The caller instructed the
n&utm_medium=internal& woman to go to Wal-Mart and purchase a Green Dot card worth $500,
then call the scammer back to give them the number on the card.
Our tip here is simple – you should never have to pay any money up
2. “Feds Approve Illinois front to claim any kind of ‘winnings.’ Offers of a prize after a payment are
Medicaid Fraud Check” always scams – the scammer in this case will be long gone once they
(Daily Chronicle): obtain the number from the Green Dot card and spend the money.
chronicle.com/2012/02/29/ Consulting Scam in Bloomington
feds-approve-illinois- Our SMP partners in Bloomington received a letter this week offering
medicaid-fraud- “consulting” services in which a company will help “save money” on
check/aw69dlk/ services like phone, internet, and television services. The letter uses
religious rhetoric and does not give a clear description of what the
3. “Tax Scam Warning: company does, it gives personal contact information (emails and cell
Beware of Phony Refund phones) instead of company information, and the company is not listed
Scheme Abusing Popular on the Better Business Bureau’s website at all. This is clearly a scam.
College Tax Credit; Senior We recommend that consumers take the following steps before doing
Citizens, Working business with someone:
Families, and Church
Members are Targets” 1) Do not accept business from people who ‘cold call’ or visit door-to-
(IRS press release): door. Unfortunately, so many scammers use these methods that
http://www.irs.gov/newsro our advice must be to ‘just say no’ to anyone who makes
om/article/0,,id=255122,00 unsolicited phone calls or door-to-door visits.
2) For businesses that require specific licensure, check with the
licensing board or entity to obtain a list of licensed providers in
3) Check with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Better
Business Bureau to verify that a company is registered and/or
properly licensed before doing business with them, and to see if
there are any pending complaints against the business.
Erin Weir, MSW, LSW, Healthcare Consumer Protection Coordinator
1048 Lake Street, Suite 300
Oak Park, IL 60301
phone (708)383-0258 fax (708)524-0870
AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, is
committed to improving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of
older adults and those who care about them – through leadership and
support, community partnerships, comprehensive services, accurate
information and powerful advocacy.
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