- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say a Utah-based power wheelchair company is one of two firms paying $7.5 million to settle allegations of false Medicare billing.

The Department of Justice announced the settlement on Wednesday in the 2010 case against Salt Lake City-based Orbit Medical Inc. and Indianapolis-based Rehab Medical Inc.

Prosecutors alleged that salespeople submitted falsified claims to Medicare and other federal health care programs that made it appear as if doctors had approved customers’ wheelchairs.

Authorities say the allegations were reported by with two former employees who will share in the settlement. A former Orbit sales manager was also charged with health care fraud.

Orbit CEO Brandon Bliss says the problems were an isolated incident and the company cooperated with the government. Messages left for Rehab Medical were not immediately returned.

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