Podiatrist sentenced in Orthofix fraud case
A Virginia podiatrist who lied to a grand jury about altering patient records to increase Medicare bills has become the eighth person sentenced in the long-running fraud investigation of orthopedic devicemaker Orthofix International N.V.
Dr. Ilene Terrell of Fredericksburg, Va., recently was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest for telling a Boston grand jury in 2012 that she didn’t alter patient records to justify billing Medicare for Orthofix bone-repair devices. She joins several high-ranking Orthofix officials who have been sentenced to prison after admitting to using bribes and altered patient records to drive up Medicare prescriptions for devices that help patients build up bone following surgeries.
The Lewisville, Texas-based company pleaded guilty in 2012 to obstructing a federal investigation into the fraud and paid $42 million in criminal fines and civil payments in a plea deal.