Ill. man gets 3 years in erectile pump case


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – An Illinois man has been sentenced to
more than three years in federal prison for shipping unwanted penis
enlargers to diabetes patients in a scheme to bilk Medicare of more
than $2.2 million.
Gary Winner, of Wheeling, Ill. was sentenced in federal court in
Rhode Island on Friday to a 37-month sentence and was ordered to
pay restitution.
Winner pleaded guilty in November to purchasing enlargers for
about $26 each and shipping them to patients, claiming the devices
helped “bladder control, urinary flow and prostate comfort.”
Prosecutors say Winner billed Medicare an average of $284 for
each item.
Prosecutors also allege Winner swindled more than $1.8 million
by seeking reimbursement for arthritic packages he claimed Medicare
beneficiaries and their physicians ordered.