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10 Medical Device Crimes that Led to Jail Time—Rushing

10 Medical Device Crimes that Led to Jail Time—Rushing
Tonya Rushing

In May 2015, Tonya Rushing, former CEO of Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. According to the U.S. Department of Justice release, between January 2005 and February 2008, Rushing worked with center owner Dipak Desai to overcharge private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid for procedures done at the center. The two made employees pack procedure schedules and record a longer amount of time for anesthesia procedures. The pair also set up another company, owned by Rushing, to handle the anesthesia billing and that company kept about 9% of the money collected. The employees were also required to bill insurers using these exaggerated anesthesia reports. Rushing reportedly received about $1.3 million from this arrangement.

Rushing's sentence: One year and one day in prison, two years of supervised release, 150 hours of community service, a $10,000 fine, $50,000 restitution, and forfeiture of $8.1 million

             

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