Two owners of psychological services companies convicted Tuesday (January 24) for their involvement in a $25.2 million Medicare fraud scheme carried out through eight companies at nursing homes in four states in the Southeastern United States.
Rodney Hesson (47) and Gertrude Parker (63), both of Slidell, were convicted following a seven-day jury trial in the Eastern District of Lousiana. They were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to make false statements related to health care matters. The jury verdict included a money judgment of $8,956,278, as well as forfeiture of Hesson’s home and at least $525,629 in seized currency. A sentencing hearing for both defendants is set for May 4, 2017, before U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Hesson and Parker caused their companies to bill Medicare for hours of psychological testing services that nursing home residents did not need or in some instances did not receive.