January 29, 2021

Two Women Plead Guilty to Multi-Million Dollar Medicare Fraud Scheme

On January 20, Jessica Jones of Colorado and Elizabeth Putulin of Florida pleaded guilty in United  States District Court for the District of Massachusetts for conspiring with Juan Camilo Perez Buitrago to submit false and fraudulent claims for more than $109 million in durable medical equipment (DME). Jones and Putulin helped Perez submit false and fraudulent Medicare claims by establishing shell companies in more than a dozen different states. The co-conspirators purchased Medicare patient data from foreign and domestic call centers that targeted elderly patients. Jones and Putulin further facilitated the fraud by answering phone calls from Medicare patients who received DME that they did not request, want or need. Additionally, Jones and Putulin also responded to insurance companies’ requests for prescriber’s orders and medical records which they were unable to provide.