The company that guarantees consumers a free motorized scooter if one doesn’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid is facing a federal crackdown by Uncle Sam. The FBI is cracking down on a Medicare Fraud ring at The Scooter store. According to a Feb. 21 Daily Mail report, more than 150 FBI agents and local cops have raided the Texas headquarters of The Scooter Store.
Over 1200 employees were reportedly asked to leave the building so agents could search and retrieve documents tied to allegations of Medicare fraud. The nation’s largest provider of motorized scooters is under federal investigation for reportedly forcing doctors into prescribing their motorized scooters for patients who do not need them.
The raid comes on the heels of an in damaging exposé by “CBS This Morning” in January which alleged that the company over-billed Medicare by $108 million from 2009 to 2012. Former employee Brian Setzer told CBS that company's main goal was to use pressure to get doctors to prescribe their vehicles. “Bulldoze and get them to get the paperwork done,” he said.
“I'd get a call, 'Well, can you go in to get him to do this? Could you get him to do this.' I couldn't feel right in my heart to do that,” Setzer said of the orders from his bosses to harass the doctors.
The exposé also revealed that the company has a department devoted solely to obtaining chairs for patients already declared ineligible by Medicare. This should explain the company’s ad guaranteeing a free chair if one doesn’t qualify.
Under these circumstances, the company’s slogan is more than accurate. “No other company will work harder to make you mobile.”
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