Nebraska Man Ran $1.4 Million Health Care Scam

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Federal prosecutors have charged the former business manager of a Norfolk health care provider with bank and health care fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Mark Koehler of Norfolk submitted $1.4 million in false claims to Medicare, Nebraska Medicaid and private insurers. Koehler worked as the business manager for Heartland Physical Therapy in Norfolk.

Prosecutors say he also defrauded a Norfolk bank by including the false billings in reports that were used to secure cash advances. Prosecutors say bank officials relied on the reports when they advanced Heartland Physical Therapy about $500,000, which the company should not have received.

A woman who answered the phone Thursday at Heartland Physical Therapy's Norfolk office said Koehler hasn't worked for the company for nearly two years. She declined to comment further.

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