Company agrees to pay $690,000 to settle fraud charge

Thursday, January 31, 2002

TAMPA - The owner of a St. Petersburg medical supplies company has agreed to pay more than $500,000 to Medicare for allegedly billing the insurer for motorized wheelchairs when he was actually selling less expensive motorized scooters.

In court documents, Dennis McEleny, of Priority Oxygen and Medical Equipment, agreed to pay $690,000 to settle the charges, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Court documents allege that the company filled out, and submitted to Medicare, false claims for expensive wheelchairs. Moreover, the company allegedly forged the signatures of physicians who had prescribed the wheelchairs, according to the documents. HME