A federal jury has convicted the owner of a Los Angeles-area medical supply company for his role in a $4 million Medicare fraud scheme in which he submitted claims for durable medical equipment that either was not medically necessary or was never provided to beneficiaries.
Valery Bogomolny, 43, owner and president of Royal Medical Supply, was convicted Nov. 6 of six counts of healthcare fraud.
The U.S. Department of Justice says Bogomolny received $2.7 million related to false claims for power wheelchairs, back braces and knee braces through his scheme, which lasted between January 2006 and October 2009.
Bogomolny created false documentation to support his billing claims, including reports of home assessments that never occurred. Also, he personally delivered power wheelchairs to beneficiaries who were able to walk without assistance and signed documents falsely stating he had delivered equipment, the DOJ says.
The six counts are representative of the underlying scheme, but the court will consider the entire $2.7 million fraud amount at sentencing, says DOJ spokesman Peter Carr.
Bogomolny is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 29, 2016, before Judge James Otero of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Each count of healthcare fraud carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. — Jonathon Shacat