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Saginaw-based Amigo Mobility Competitor, The Scooter Store, Could Close After Medicare Fraud Investigation

Written by Katie Lynch-Morin for mlive.com and The Saginaw News on April 3, 2013


BRIDGEPORT, MI — Less than two months after its Texas headquarters were raided, The Scooter Store could be closing its doors for good.


According to recent reports from CBS News and My San Antonio, The Scooter Store has informed employees that it soon could close its doors. The Scooter Store allegedly overcharged Medicare by more than $100 million, and sold beneficiaries expensive power wheelchairs that they did not want, need, and/or could not use, according to the Department of Justice.


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Amigo on WNEM TV5

Local Company Warned Government about Medicare Fraud

Amigo Mobility's Jennifer Thieme Kehres was features on a local news station last night to discuss wasteful Medicare spending in the mobility industry. Earlier this week, FBI agents raided the headquarters of The Scooter Store, a Texas based power wheelchair company. The Scooter Store is being investigated for allegations about false claims submitted to Medicare. The Office of Inspector General found that The Scooter Store over-billed Medicare by $108 million from 2009-2012.


Amigo has been fighting wasteful Medicare spending for years. While the situation at The Scooter Store is unfortunate for those who may lose their jobs, it is a victory for tax payers and people who need access to proper mobility equipment. Click here or on the photo below to watch the WNEM TV5 segment.





 

Saginaw County Amigo Officials Hope Scooter Store Raid Will Help End Medicare Fraud

Written by Katie Lynch-Morin for mlive.com and The Saginaw News on February 20, 2013


BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — For many years, Bridgeport Township-based Amigo Mobility has been working to crack down on Medicare fraud.


The company's mobility scooters are only partially covered while larger, more expensive models — sometimes costing thousands of dollars more — from places like The Scooter Store are covered in full.


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Consumer Choice, Deception and Medicare

"Consumer Deception, Choice and Medicare," written by Ryan Sullivan, appeared in the December 2012 edition of Great Lakes Bay Business Magazine.


ARE FRAUD AND GOVERNMENT RULES FORCING CONSUMERS INTO EXPENSIVE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THEY DON’T NEED?

BY RYAN SULLIVAN


If you want to read the laws and rules governing Medicare, the national health insurance program covering almost all adults in the United States older than 65, have your eyes checked. It’s a long read, and you need good eyes to spot a lot of the unintended consequences of the rules.


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Stop Medicare Waste | CBS This Morning

The fight against Medicare waste and abuse continues -- CBS This Morning reporter Jeff Glor spoke with Tennessee Senator Bob Corker and Dr. Jerome Epplin of Illinois about the rampant fraud and abuse in the mobility industry. Click here or on the photo below to learn more about the issue.


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