FEDS: Woman Defrauds Medicare Out Of $1 Million

A Nash County woman has admitted to defrauding Medicare out of some $1 million over a six year period.

Donna Dickens of Nashville pled guilty in federal court on Monday.

Prosecutors say the woman operated Dickens Health Care Supplies and created a scheme to submit false claims to Medicare reimbursement for medical equipment.

Dickens faces up to 10 years in prison and the plea agreement says she has agreed to make restitution to Medicare for whatever the court may order. No date has been set for Dickens' sentencing.

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  • by Unknown on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:42 PM
    Wondering if this character has been sentenced? Or is this another rob the public and go free?
  • by unnamed Location: rocky mount on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:08 AM
    does any one know the outcome of this or was it just "swept under the rug"
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    What goes around, comes around.
  • by becker Location: gville on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    Obama promotes this...
  • by Connie Location: Greenville on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    I was taking care of an elderly lady on a live in basis. Suppose to have my own room with tv, ac/heat, food and pocket money..!Besides internet which had been part paid by the Beaufort County SS I received nothing. I slept in a very hot or very cold room and purchased my own food. Later on I found out that the family received financial help over SS to cover my cost but I never received a dime! The family stuck it all in there own pocket. When I ask Beaufort County SS about it...I was told that even if the family received help/money to have somebody to take care of grandma it was not my BUSINESS! I do believe it is my business because I was the one who took care of the old Lady! I am fixing to file a report to Raleigh.
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      by Just an Idea on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM in reply to Connie
      If you were promised all these things and yet never received it, why didn't you walk away? After the first week or two, you would know. You allowed this family to take advantage of you.
  • by not good on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    You will see more of this is Democrats get reelected!!!!
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      by Barlow on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:31 PM in reply to not good
      She was just an amateur. See how the Republican governor of Florida does it; "In 1997, Rick Scott was implicated in the biggest Medicare fraud case in US history, stepping down as CEO of Columbia/HCA after the hospital giant was fined $1.7 billion and found guilty of swindling the government. As Florida's new governor, Scott is now trying to kill off an anti-fraud database that would track the fraudulent distribution of addictive prescription drugs in Florida, over the protestations of law enforcement officials, Republican state lawmakers, and federal drug policy officials" That is a pro for you!
  • by Call the scooter store Location: NC on Dec 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    You too will never have to walk to the end of your favorite fishing pier again. Next 30 orders by phone come with a free handicapped placard to place on your rear view mirror.
  • by Do What Location: GVL on Dec 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Medicare/Medicaid should be run by the states,LOL!!! What a joke when doctors steal money on false claims on a daily basis.Conventional Medicine is a fraud, period.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:09 PM in reply to Do What
      Our federal government lets them steal money on a daily basis. I know of cases where fraud has been reported to them and they do nothing. The state could definitely do a better job.
  • by excuse me on Dec 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    Medicare and Medicaid is the reason health care is so expensive. Your do gooder doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and all health care organizations know they can steal from the government and therefore the rest of the American public. There are many, many more out there doing the same. Keep it up.
  • by Remember Location: enc on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    Remember what happened to the CEO of the largest Medicare fraud case in the US? He was elected the governor of Fla.!
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      by Barlow on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to Remember
      Yep, he was forced to resign as executive and paid a $1.7 billion fine, but as the Repugs on this board and they'll tell you how he "earned" it. Perfect for a Republican governor.
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