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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Westborough businessman sentenced in fraud case

WESTBOROUGH

A Westborough medical oxygen distributor was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison yesterday for defrauding the government's Medicare program and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts out of almost $1 million.

In addition to handing down the sentence, United States District Court Judge Patti B. Saris ordered the defendant, James Taylor, 67, to pay $636,088 in restitution. Taylor had previously paid $279,560 in restitution as part of a related civil settlement.

Authorities said Taylor billed Medicare and Blue Cross for oxygen equipment that was never delivered to patients' homes, or billed for more expensive equipment than was delivered.

The sentence was announced by US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan , and Joseph C. Moraski, special agent in charge for the New England region of the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services.

-- Christopher Rowland

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