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Man gets probation for Medicare fraud

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 5:40 am •  Published: January 25, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — A man who worked for a company that makes devices to help people with bone fractures that don't heal properly has been sentenced for defrauding Medicare of more than $70,000.

Michael McKay was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation, with three months of home confinement and ordered to forfeit $10,000.

Federal prosecutors say McKay was a territory manager for Orthofix. Medicare patients are eligible for the company's products under specific guidelines.

Authorities say the 32-year-old McKay falsified and forged patient records to make it appear as if Medicare patients were eligible for the company's products when they were not. His scheme cost federal insurance carriers more than $70,000 between 2008 and 2011.

Even after his was fired, he continued to submit false claims through a colleague.