Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man used a purported not-for-profit group to defraud Medicare out of more than $1 million by convincing hundreds of senior citizens to submit to unnecessary genetic testing.
Seth Rehfuss faces two conspiracy counts in the indictment handed up Friday. It's not known if he's retains an attorney.
Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Somerset man and others used The Good Samaritans of America and offers of free ice cream to gain access to low-income senior housing complexes between July 2014 and December 2015.
The conspirators allegedly used fear-based tactics, including suggesting the senior citizens would be vulnerable to serious health problems if they didn't have the genetic testing.
The conspirators allegedly used online advertisements to recruit health care providers who got thousands of dollars each month to authorize testing for patients they never examined.