In one of the largest Medicare fraud cases in California history, the owner of Tri-Regional Home Health Care and Provident Home Health Services cheated Medicare of approximately $40 million through a network of paid recruiters and falsification of documents. A payroll clerk working for the company filed a qui tam action in the case after she observed envelopes stuffed with cash and was asked to fill out customer satisfaction surveys for home care that was never provided. In addition, the whistleblower alleged that her employer hired marketers to recruit patients for home health services whether they needed it or not. Doctors were allegedly paid for referrals, and recruiters were paid up to $400 for each enrolled patient.
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