A Paramount woman faces sentencing Thursday for her role in a healthcare fraud scheme that billed Medicare over $24 million for medically unnecessary power wheelchairs and the repair of medical equipment.
Cynthia Marquez, 47, pleaded guilty in December 2019 to two federal counts of making false statements affecting a healthcare program.
According to the indictment, Tamara Motley operated Action Medical Equipment and Supplies, which was based in Hawthorne until 2014, and Kaja Medical Equipment & Supply, which operated in Ventura until late 2016.
Marquez worked as an office manager at both Action and Kaja, and the third co-defendant, Juan Murillo, 45, of Montebello, worked at both companies as a repair technician, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Motley allegedly orchestrated a scheme in which corrupt physicians prescribed medically unnecessary durable medical equipment, such as power wheelchairs, and oversaw the submission of bogus bills to Medicare, according to prosecutors.