Man pleads guilty in Medicaid scheme
DENVER, Colorado A man accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Colorado Medicaid system has accepted a plea agreement that requires him to pay more than $1 million in restitution.Daniel Crispin Arnold, 51, pleaded guilty to racketeering, two theft counts and forgery, state Attorney General John Suthers said Sunday. A grand jury initially had handed up an indictment with 49 counts.He faces up to 16 years in prison at a sentencing hearing set for May 7.Arnold owned D&D Medical of Aurora, which supplied and repaired wheelchairs.He was accused of overbilling Medicaid for wheelchair repair services between 2000 and 2005 by inflating the time spent on repairs and billing for services that never occurred.Employees were accused of falsifying work orders and repair times. Prosecutors alleged Arnold falsified manufacturer invoices to inflate the companys reimbursement for wheelchairs, parts and accessories.Some of Arnolds former employees pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme, Suthers said. William Humphries received a five-year prison term. Carl Nunns judgment was deferred. Karen Bittner received a probationary sentence.
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