Kenric Wakeen Griffin, co-owner of Frisco-based New Horizons Durable Medical Equipment, was sentenced to four years of prison, followed by a year of supervised release for his role in a medical equipment fraud scheme.
Griffin was also mandated to provide restitution totaling $5,114,016.19 to government health care programs. The jury found Griffin guilty of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and engaging in the exchange of healthcare kickbacks, along with seven counts of receiving and making kickback payments.
“Griffin obtained patients by offering and paying kickbacks to marketers as well as disguising illegal payments as marketing services and outsourced business services,” the office of the Texas Attorney General said in an official statement. “Griffin then submitted false claims to both Medicaid and Medicare for orthopedic equipment that was never provided, not medically necessary and not authorized by a physician.”