The Accused failed to detail the monetary benefits acquired from persons and other affiliate companies conducting business with Walter Reed.
A 63-year-old man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was charged with five counts of falsifying statements by the Federal grand jury. David Laufer, a former resident of Bethesda, Maryland was indicted on 16th December 2019 and, on 28 January 2020, David’s case was opened immediately after his arrest. David appeared before the U.S. Greenbelt District Court and later freed and is now waiting for trial.
Robert K. Hur, U.S Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert E Craig Special Agent in Charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service Mid-Atlantic Field Office and Maureen Dixon Special Agent in Charge of Office Investigations, Health Human Services Department Office of the Inspector General reported the indictment.
David was employed as the Chief of Prosthetics and Orthotics Department at Walter Reed Military Medical Centre which is one of the biggest and most lucrative joint military medical Centres in the U.S until 2019 May. The medical Centre is situated at Bethesda and offers medical services like prosthetics and orthotics services to army veterans and their children which also include wounded soldiers. David was tasked with filling in and completing yearly Confidential Financial disclosure forms. He was to give a clear record of the following; all sources of injections that exceed two hundred dollars, any enterprise in a foreign country in which David or his wife was a worker or consultant whether or not reimbursed, any contract or disposition concerning future, current and past employment and transport-related payments or other presents exceeding an amount of three hundred and fifty dollars from any venture during the describing period.
The charges purported that the defendant did not outline the financial significance he acquired from company B and person B situated at Germantown, Maryland and possessed, run and managed by person B. Company B distributed and sold orthotics and prosthetics items to Walter Reed and the state was to cater for the costs of the merchandise. The allegations purported that David was in league with person B and they had a discussion concerning the company’s B venture with Walter Reed. David also denied any claims that depicted he had acquired funds, presents, or tickets of sporting events from any enterprise conducting transactions before the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics while on the contrary, he had acquired favors such as sporting and traveling vouchers from company B and person B.
Timothy Hamilton from Colombia, Maryland, age 58, a worker at the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics in Walter Reed during a period of twenty-six years (from 1991 to 2017), was found culpable of conspiring to perpetrate health care fraud and actions impacting a financial benefit. Hamilton acknowledged that at the beginning of 2009, he permitted person A to utilize his Orthoptist credentials for his enterprise, Company A. Hamilton knew that company A was using his credentials to get national accreditation and also acquire its authentication for Medicare sanction, which gave company A power to charge insurers for medical remedies that needed the participation of a qualified Orthoptist, even if Hamilton was not dispensing the services to a large number of people. Hamilton acknowledged that he accepted periodical compensation from company A as from 2009 to 2015 October, summing up an amount of greater than forty-five thousand dollars. In a period of four years (2011 to 2015), company A used Hamilton’s documentation to charge insurance companies with an amount of more than 225 cases which totaled an amount exceeding one hundred and fifty thousand dollars per year.
Besides, Hamilton also acknowledged that he accepted an amount exceeding fifteen thousand dollars in present cards, withdrawals, and other favors such as lodging and tickets, from company Operated and managed by person B and which had financial affiliations with the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics in Walter Reeds. Hamilton requested goods from both companies A and B on b in the name of Walter Reed because he was being bribed at the time.
Hamilton will be convicted of a maximum sentence of ten years for conspiring to commit health care fraud and a maximum sentence of one year for activities that altered the financial benefits. He is now awaiting sentencing.
If sentenced, David will be serving a maximum of 5 years in jail for every count of falsifying the statement. Largest punishments are greater than real judgments for federal offenses. A united district court magistrate will decide any conviction after reviewing the U.S Sentencing Guidelines and other regulatory factors.
An accusation does not necessarily mean that one has committed an offense, a person who is charged by allegations is considered to be upright unless there is conclusive proof that he has been charged with an offense in a court hearing.
Robert K. Hur, U.S. Attorney applauded and congratulated the HHS-OIG and DCIS for their endeavors and dedication in carrying out the investigations and also commended the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Office of Personnel Management Office of Inspector General, the Army CID Major Procurement Fraud Unit, and the Veterans Administration Office of Inspector General for their services. The prosecutors involved in these cases are U.S. Assistant Attorneys Dana Brusca and Harry M. Gruber who were also commended for a job well done.
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