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Utah man indicted on Medicare fraud

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A former owner of a Utah medical equipment company has been indicted on Medicare fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday that 34-year-old Jacob Kilgore of Fruit Heights, Utah, has been charged with health fraud, wire fraud and making false statements on health care matters.

Prosecutors say Kilgore submitted $20 million in false claims to Medicare for power wheelchairs his company sold. He and others in the company sent false prescriptions making it appear people qualified to get wheelchairs under Medicare rules.

Medicare paid out $15 million on the claims for from 2008-2011.

Three other company employees have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to commit health care fraud: 35-year-old Morgan Workman of Farmington, Utah; 29-year-old David Evans of South Jordan, Utah; and 29-year-old Hunter Hartman of Ladera Ranch, Calif.