It seems that in between sexting filthy pics of themselves using government Blackberries, bugging their boss’s offices, and sleeping with anything that moves, our FBI got around to noticing all those Scooter Store Scooters navigated by people who don’t seem to need them.
Come on, admit it. You’ve seen people tooling around on these scooters, wondering what the Eff they are doing with one. You know some of them and they are all too happy to show you their free scooter even though they aren’t in it at the time. But they are so much fun! And people move out of the way for you!
You’ve seen the ads on TV for these scooters, and if you are anything like I am, you have finally reached the point where you want to smash the TV when you hear things like “It didn’t cost me a thing!” because you know damned well YOU paid for it. And if you are five minutes over 50 years old, you keep getting their solicitations in the mail too. I’ve been suspicious of these bilkers since 2009, and it only took the FBI 5 years to notice.
Before I show you what The Scooter Store has been up to, which amounts to getting scooters for just about anybody on Medicare or Medicaid who wants one, whether they need it or not, here’s their happy horseshit Medicare ad….except The Scooter Store “Privatized” it now that they are caught. But, not to worry. I found another copy:
This is really sweet too, isn’t it?
Approximately 150 federal and state law enforcement agents launched a massive raid on one of the biggest perpetrators of government fraud in America: The Scooter Store. Yes, that’s right. The nation’s largest provider of single-person electric vehicles and power chairs is the target of a federal investigation, probably because many of the people who ride around their “personal mobility devices” don’t actually need them.
Over $100 Million in fraud, not to put too fine a point on these Medicare and Medicaid hucksters and the co-conspiring seniors and people on public assistance who chuckle all the way to coffee shop over at the supermarket to ride around blocking everybody’s way while sucking down a jelly donut. Then there are the people who seem awfully young to be scootering along, clogging up the aisles while they chatter loudly on their cell phones. You’ve nearly hit a few of them on the roads too, haven’t you? God knows I have wanted to a few times.
There’s no question that The Scooter Store found a whole new niche of dishonest bastards who just don’t feel like putting one foot in front of the other, and really don’t have to if they can get a free electric scooter on your dime.
So, how did The Scooter Store manage to pull off over a hundred million in scooters being distributed to people who don’t give a shit that they are taking important Medicare and Medicaid dollars away from really sick and dying people?
In January, CBS This Morning ran a cutting exposé on the company, detailing how it “railroads” doctors into prescribing the chair for their patients, most of whom are on Medicare or Medicaid. That way they can bill the government for their highly dubious medical device, while the patient gets a cool new scooter without paying for it, and The Scooter Store makes a nice profit. Doctors and former employees told CBS that the company would harass physicians with non-stop phone calls and offices drop-ins in order to wear them down. The company even has a special department devoted to getting chairs for patients who had already been ruled ineligible by Medicare. No doubt the pressure comes because their ads guarantee that the chair will be free if they can’t get you qualified.
Now there’s the obvious truth that some people are in need of these scooters. But the truth is, a hundred million dollars worth of people who have them have no business defrauding the Medicare and Medicaid systems at the peril of people who just got rejected this morning for a needed medical procedure. These people deserve to wake up one morning really soon not able to walk, and crawling to that free scooter they didn’t need the day before. The FBI won’t be going after these “customers”. That’s too bad. I think these system milkers all belong in jail and should be forced to reimburse Medicare and Medicaid for their part in this fraud.
One more thing. It seems that scooter website references to medicare are disappearing like cockroaches under a sink. Here’s USA Mobility’s “Medicare” reference page. Or what was their Medicare reference page.
Well, there is one silver lining here. I won’t have to look at that smug smirking bastard in that commercial who says, “It didn’t cost me a thing!” every five minutes on cable Tee Vee. I always wanted to smack that arrogant bastard in the face.
Up next, really soon we hope: Hoveround, where “Your local Mobility Specialist” is standing by!”……..and “9 out of 10 Hoveround owners got their electric wheehchair at little or no cost.”