Prosthetist sentenced to federal prison for fraud

8 months 3 weeks 1 day ago March 16, 2016 Mar 16, 2016 Wednesday, March 16 2016 Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:06:00 PM CDT in News
By: Whitney Matewe, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY – Prosthetist sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for a total of four counts of fraud against Medicaid and Medicare.

Attorney General Chris Koster announced prosthetist Theodore Deininger’s sentence Wednesday afternoon. Deininger was sentenced to 15 months for each count of fraud, to run concurrently.

Deininger defrauded Missouri Medicaid and Medicare programs by supplying patients with used prosthetic legs and used prosthetic leg components while billing for new prosthetics legs and components.

In one case Deininger billed Medicaid and Medicare for a new, warrantied prosthetic leg, but actually gave the patient a 5-year-old used prosthetic leg that was no longer under warranty.

In another instance, Deininger falsely billed both Medicaid and Medicare for a microprocessor-controlled knee, while providing the patient with a manual-locking and less expensive knee.

"It is unconscionable for medical providers to not only cheat the Medicaid and Medicare program, but also to harm their patients in the process by providing shoddy or inferior products," Koster said.  "It is my hope that Mr. Deininger's case will remind any medical provider considering false bills to Medicaid that this office is watching."

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Division began the investigation into Deininger, and prosecuted with the assistance of the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri and the Office of the Inspector General for the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Along with his prison sentence, Deininger agreed to pay $150,000 in restitution.

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