A physician assistant pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding Medicare out of $3.5 million by signing fraudulent prescriptions for medical equipment while working at two Los Angeles-area clinics.
Erasmus Kotey, 77, of Montebello, was charged with one count of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Kotey was accused of engaging in the scheme while working at a clinic at 866 North Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles between November 2007 and February 2008, court documents showed.
He was also accused of similar crimes between April and December 2008 while working at another clinic at 943 South Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park, the release stated.
Prosecutors said Kotey signed prescriptions and other medical documents for “medically unnecessary diagnostic tests, power wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment (DME).”
Kotey’s co-conspirators then sold the fraudulent prescriptions which were later submitted to Medicare, the release stated.
He faced maximum of 20 years in federal prison at his sentencing on September 8.