Sacramento Indian Jai Vijay Pleads Guilty to Medicare Kickback Scheme
February 6, 2020 - Sacramento, CA based Assisted Living company owner Jai Vijay (54) pleaded guilty today to conspiring with home health care and hospice agencies to receive kickbacks in Medicare fraud scheme.
According to the court documents & plea agreement:
...Jai Vijay’s wife, Anita Vijay, worked as the social services director at a skilled nursing and assisted living facility in Sacramento. In her role, Anita Vijay assisted Medicare beneficiaries in selecting home health care and hospice agencies following their discharge from the facility. Anita Vijay used her position to steer Medicare beneficiaries to home health agencies in Folsom and El Dorado Hills and a hospice agency in Folsom. In exchange for the beneficiary referrals, the agencies’ owners paid Jai Vijay and Anita Vijay illegal cash kickbacks.
...Jai Vijay admitted that the agencies’ owners paid him and his wife kickbacks in exchange for the referral of approximately 60 beneficiaries. Medicare paid the agencies approximately $400,000 for services they purportedly provided to the beneficiaries. Because the agencies obtained the beneficiary referrals by paying kickbacks, they should not have received any reimbursement from Medicare.
Potential PenaltyFor conspiring with health care agencies to receive Medicare kickbacks, Jai Vijay faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross loss or gain.
The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court.
The sentencing of Sacramento Indian Jai Vijay is scheduled for April 30, 2020