Monday, February 27, 2012

Advanced Hyperbarics Fraudster Pleads Guilty in $2.6 Million Scam

The owner of Advanced Hyperbarics could be sentenced to 45 to 60 years in jail for using false identities to bilk banks out of millions in property loans and for fraudulently billing Medicare, BlueCross BlueShield, and other insurers for physician services never rendered. More details about the case in Friday's Baltimore Sun. Back in August 2010 we reported:

Winnie Joanne Barefoot has been indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of bank, wire, mail, and Social Security fraud and ordered held by a judge of the US District Court in Baltimore. Barefoot owns Advanced Hyperbarics, which operates treatment centers in Millersville MD, Orlando FL, Jacksonville FL, and Bedford PA.

The old Advanced Hyperbarics web address now links to Bay Hyperbaric Group, serving the Millersville location only.* None of these centers ever qualified for inclusion in our hyperbaric oxygen treatment center directory. Indeed, as the masthead of The Sun proclaims, let this story shed "light for all" in the darker regions of the hyperbaric community.

*Advanced Hyperbarbarics Rx in Stanton, California, appears unrelated if unfortunately named.

1 comment:

  1. More about the shenanigans of Ms Barefoot--she had as many as seven identities--in today's The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland):