Missouri Men Sentenced to 5 Years Probation for Health Care Fraud
Two Missouri men have been sentenced to five years probation and barred from doing business with the federal government for five years for their roles in administering over 100 fraudulent truck driver and veteran medical exams.
David Biersmith, owner and president of Industrial Medical Center in Independence, Mo., did not have a medical license or other medical credentials, but signed the name of a legitimate chiropractor without permission on medical examination reports and medical examiner’s certificates for at least 65 commercial truck drivers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General’s Office.
The other man, certified medical examiner James Lindsey, participated in 53 examinations of veterans seeking disability ratings, and submitted to the VA approximately 209 Disability Benefits Questionnaires that falsely stated another doctor had performed the services from August 2013 to December 2013, the IG said.
Both men pleaded guilty and were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.
Biersmith was aware that an unqualified medical consultant and chiropractor were responsible for the invalid examinations of the veterans and Lindsey performed disability examinations for the Department of Veterans Affairs that he was not authorized to perform.
On Nov. 1, Biersmith and Lindsey were both disqualified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
IMC provided medical services to drivers of commercial motor vehicles, including drug tests and physical examinations required by FMCSA regulations.