Tuesday, December 6, 2005
I am pleased the jury convicted this man for ripping off taxpayer-funded programs that are intended for seniors and the needy among us, said Attorney General Abbott. My office will make every effort in these cases to convince jurors that the punishment must fit the crime.
The Guillens ran the illegal billing scheme from December 2001 until June 2004. They unlawfully billed Medicare nearly $500,000 and Medicaid $60,000 for powered wheelchairs, gel mattress pads, and alternating pressure mattresses that were not prescribed by physicians or delivered to patients. They accomplished this by using patient information Roxane Guillen secretly obtained from a medical equipment company with which she was formerly employed, and she also paid an employee of a physician to provide other patient information which she used to bill for reimbursement.
In his trial, Jason Guillen claimed his innocence, alleging his wife concocted the schemes without his knowledge. The jury disagreed, finding him guilty on all six counts for which he was indicted.
Agents with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General also worked this case. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Harris.