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Metro-East Investigation Nets Another Medicare Fraud

By AP/KWMU

East St. Louis, Ill. – A federal investigation into fraudulent health care practices in the Metro-East area has led to another conviction.

Brian Denny pleaded guilty last week to violating the federal Medicare Anti-Kickback law.

He was arrested in September 2003 for his part in a scheme to persuade Medicare patients to sign fraudulent contracts for feeding tubes and liquid food.

Denny faces up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Denny's arrest was the result of a federal investigation into fraudulent sales of medical equipment, dubbed 'Operation Headwaters.' Since it began in 2000, ten people have been convicted and the government has collected more than $600 million in fines.

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