Three sentenced in Medicare kickback scheme - - Jackson, MS

Three sentenced in Medicare kickback scheme

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson doctor, nurse and businessman have been sentenced for their role in a scheme to pay kickbacks for the referral of motorized wheelchairs to Medicare beneficiaries. 

Lonnie Walker, 63, and Dr. Earnest Rankin, 65, both of Jackson, along with Sylvia Redd, 57, of Tallulah, Louisiana, were sentenced Monday by Senior U.S. District Jude Tom S. Lee.  

Walker, the former owner of Longwind Products and Services, and Redd, a nurse practitioner, were each sentenced to serve 15 months in federal prison. Dr. Rankin was sentenced to five years of probation.  

The defendants were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $997,225.52. 

Walker sold motorized wheelchairs from his business. Redd and Rankin received kickbacks from Walker for each Medicare beneficiary who was referred to Longwind with a prescription for a power wheelchair. Some of those referred to Walker were not even eligible to receive wheelchairs.

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