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Medicare Fraud Investigation To Focus On Penis Pumps

Penis pumps have now made their way into a Medicare fraud case after investigators noted spending on the devices increased by 500 percent over the last ten years.

While spending on penis pumps was $7.2 million in 2000, that number skyrocketed to reach $36 million in 2011, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The spike has raised eyebrows among investigators, prompting them to go through records and locate any suspicious sales involving the devices.

This isn’t the first time penis pumps have been at the center of fraud investigations. In February, Planned Eldercare owner and Illinois resident Gary Winner was convicted and sentenced for mailing the devices to unsuspecting diabetes patients. Winner had re-branded them as “erectile pumps” that would help diabetes sufferers better manage their symptoms. The Planned Eldercare owner’s antics not only cost Medicare $2.2 million over four years, but it’s now costing Winner three years in prison.

The penis pump case is only the latest in a series of Medicare fraud cases under investigation since 2009. Officials have not yet released much information about the probe, which could turn out to be another big fraud case.

H/T HuffPost

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