Inspector: Businessman sold earbuds, billed for hearing aids

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Columbus CEO

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a New York business owner defrauded the state insurance plan of $1.6 million by selling prison officers and other workers expensive earbuds and then billing for hearing aids.

State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced Joshua Miller's arrest Monday.

Authorities say the Syracuse-area man paid a corrections officer $70,000 to refer hundreds of state workers to his practice, where he sold them earbuds and earplugs and then billed the state for $3,000 per device. In each case, the claims were submitted as "medically required."

The employees paid no out-of-pocket expenses for the earbuds, which were touted as "ideal" for video games and music.

Miller is charged with grand larceny and health care fraud. Messages left for him were not initially returned Monday.