Northbrook man accused in ‘erectile pumps’ scheme
ASSOCIATED PRESS September 29, 2011 12:10PM
Updated: September 29, 2011 1:14PM
Federal prosecutors say an Illinois man has agreed to plead guilty in Rhode Island on charges that he shipped unwanted “erectile pumps” to diabetes patients as part of a Medicare fraud scheme.
Prosecutors said Thursday that 49-year-old Gary Winner also will forfeit $2 million.
Prosecutors say Winner purchased $26 penis enlargers from an adult website, repackaged them and shipped them to patients with information claiming the devices helped “bladder control, urinary flow and prostate comfort.”
Prosecutors say Winner billed Medicare an average of $284 for each item, claiming they were used to treat erectile dysfunction.
Officials say the Northbrook, Ill., resident targeted Medicare beneficiaries through his company, Planned Eldercare. They say the company induced people to provide their Medicare information by promising free products.
His attorney did not immediately return a message.