Attorney General Suthers Announces Sentencing In Million-Dollar Wheelchair Fraud Case

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced that William Humphries (DOB 11/20/60), of Denver, has been sentenced to five years in state prison for his role in stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Colorado Medicaid system between 2001 and 2005. Humphries pled guilty on March 28 to two counts of Theft Over $15,000, both class 3 felonies. Restitution for Humphries was set at more than $728,000. He will serve 5 years of parole after completing his prison sentence.

“Individuals who prey upon the disabled are among the most reprehensible in our society,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “It appears as though justice has been served in this case, and disabled Coloradans are safer as a result.”

The Adams County Grand Jury issued an indictment against Humphries on September 14, 2006 after an extensive investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. According to the indictment, Humphries was a manager at D&D Medical of Aurora, which supplied wheelchairs, parts, and power wheelchair repair services. A large percentage of D&D’s clientele was disabled persons whose wheelchair services were paid for by Colorado Medicaid.

The indictment alleged that D&D billed Medicaid for hundreds of thousands of dollars in wheelchair repair services that took only a fraction of the time claimed. The company also billed Medicaid for a large number of services that never occurred. Employees of D&D allegedly printed false work orders and documented false repair times to permit the unjustified billing.

The Adams County District Attorney’s Office played a major role in investigating and prosecuting the case. According to prosecutors, Humphries’ actions, and the actions of his employees, had a serious impact on the many disabled persons who depended on Medicaid to provide the wheelchairs they rely on.

Indictments have also been issued against D&D owner Daniel Crispin Arnold, 50, as well as employees Carl Nunn, 31, and Karen Bittner, 37. Nunn pled guilty on April 10, 2007 to Theft Over $500, a class 4 felony, receiving a two-year deferred sentence. The case against Bittner is set for arraignment on June 5, and Arnold will stand trial beginning October 1, 2007. Investigation continues into the organization and further charges may be filed.

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