A Psychological Twist: Mother and Son’s Companies Bilked Medicare Out of Millions

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September 19, 2017
A Louisiana man and his mother were sentenced in July to lengthy prison terms for fraud schemes spanning six years that bilked Medicare for more than $13 million in bogus claims. The two were among 243 doctors, nurses, and medical professionals who were charged in 2015 in what, at the time, was the nation’s largest Medicare fraud takedown.

Rodney Hesson, 47, and his mother, Gertrude Parker, 63, together owned eight psychological services companies that operated in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama. Hesson’s companies operated as Nursing Home Psychological Services, and Parker’s companies operated as Psychological Care Services. The pair was convicted in January for billing the federal health insurance program more than $25 million for services at nursing homes that were either unnecessary or not provided.