Jay Allen Sanford 12:58 a.m., May 21
Two Charged with Fraudulent Wheelchair Medicare Claims
A doctor and a merchant were charged today (July 25) with defrauding Medicare by selling power wheelchairs that patients did not need and billing Medicare. Dr. Irving J. Schwartz was arrested in Yuba City and Jose Melendez, owner of a medical equipment store, was arrested in Long Beach. The government charges that they would go to El Centro and sell the power wheelchairs to Medicare patients. Schwartz would get a $300 kickback for writing each phony prescription, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Melendez would sell some of the prescriptions to other co-conspirators. Melendez would bill Medicare up to $5,865 for each power wheelchair.