BOISE – Scott Alexander Laney, 38, of Boise, was convicted on October 5, 2020, by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft following a bench trial, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. The bench trial ran from September 21 through September 25, with the Court announcing the verdict today.
During the five-day trial, the Court heard evidence that Laney executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and Idaho Medicaid in connection with the delivery and payment of urine drug screenings and committed aggravated identity theft. Laney worked as a sales representative in connection with two national companies that performed laboratory testing of urine drug samples. In that role, Laney setup fraudulent accounts using the names and identifying information of multiple nurse practitioners without authority. Laney’s misuse of the nurse practitioners’ information caused the payment of fraudulent health care claims that were not authorized by a medical provider and were not reasonable or medically necessary.
Laney faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release on the health care fraud convictions. The aggravated identity theft charges carry a mandatory minimum of 2 years consecutive imprisonment to other charges, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to 1 year of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for January 7, 2021, before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
This case was investigated by the Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General with assistance from the Payette Police Department.
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