Fraudster who used ice cream to lure seniors is sentenced

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who defrauded Medicare by using ice cream to lure senior citizens into genetic testing has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Seth Rehfuss had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Prosecutors alleged the 44-year-old Somerset resident and others used a nonprofit called The Good Samaritans of America to persuade senior citizens to submit to genetic tests to guard against illnesses. A criminal complaint says he would advertise free ice cream to lure residents.

The group paid health care providers to authorize the tests even though the providers hadn’t examined the patients.

The group allegedly defrauded Medicare out of $430,000 and made more than $100,000 in commissions from laboratories.

Two others have pleaded guilty and to be sentenced this month.

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