Wheeling man awaits sentencing in Medicare fraud scheme

January 1, 2012 by  

A Wheeling man will be sentenced February 10th after pleading guilty in Rhode Island to shipping unwanted penis enlargers to patients suffering with diabetes. Forty-nine-year old Gary Winner, who must also complete psychiatric treatment, claimed the device improves prostate health. Winner admitted before a federal judge that he told his potential customers that the penis pumps helped with urinary flow, bladder control and would ease prostate discomfort.

Prosecutors said that Winner found his targets through a medical equipment company he owned called Planned Eldercare. Winner was able to persuade patients to give him their Medicare information by making attractive offers of free medical supplies and equipment.

Winner admits he sent unsolicited penis enlargers to diabetes patients as part of a Medicare fraud scheme that cost $1 million to $2.5 million from 2005 to 2009. Medicare only covers the expense of devices deemed ‘medically necessary’ and ordered by a doctor, prosecutors noted. The erectile pumps posted out by Winner had ‘no medical purpose,’ according to Medicare.

Winner purchased the penis enlargers online, removed the original packaging and boxed them up with his own containers. Business card printing or stationery printing is extremely helpful and conducive to business but Winner utilized it in such a way that would convince customers that both he and the product were legitimate.

Winner will spend part of his time awaiting sentencing date by attending the ‘Wisdom Years Weekend’ in New Buffalo, Michigan. The program was setup to help men over 50 come to understand the reasons for their past action and work on making healthier lifestyle decisions for the future, according to Winner’s lawyers. Winner could be sentenced up to 33 years in prison and fined as much as $760,000.