United States v. Medlock

Bass, Berry & Sims represented Woody Medlock, co-owner of family-owned Murfreesboro Ambulance Service, who was indicted on charges of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. The indictment was a result of a January 2010 joint federal and state investigation into fraudulent billing practices by the company to Medicare and Medicaid for transportation of dialysis patients who were not qualified to receive ambulance transportation. In the initial trial, held in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Medlock was found guilty and sentenced in January 2014 to a 75-month prison sentence.

On May 13, 2015, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the aggravated identity theft conviction of Woody Medlock. The Sixth Circuit held that the Medlock did not “use” the identifying information of the Medicare beneficiaries within the meaning of the aggravated identity theft statute merely by lying about how the beneficiaries had been transported. The full opinion can be read here.

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