Man To Admit To Shipping Unsolicited ‘Erectile Pumps’ In Medicare Scam

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS) — A Northbrook man has agreed to plead guilty to shipping “erectile pumps” to diabetes patients who never asked for them, as part of a Medicare scam.

The devices were actually $26 penis enlargement pumps the man bought from an adult Web site.

Gary Winner, 49, will plead guilty to charges in Rhode Island, and will forfeit $2 million, prosecutors said.

Winner allegedly repackaged the penis pumps and shipped them to diabetes patients, with information claiming the devices helped “bladder control, urinary flow and prostate comfort.”

Prosecutors say Winner billed Medicare an average of $284 for each item, claiming they were used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Officials say Winner targeted Medicare beneficiaries through his company, Buffalo Grove-based Planned Eldercare. They say the company induced people to provide their Medicare information by promising free products.

Winner’s attorney did not immediately return a message from the Associated Press.

The Mayo Clinic says vacuum actually have some use for treatment of erectile dysfunction, cannot permanently enlarge the penis as advertisements claim. There is no mention of use of such devices for bladder control, urinary flow or prostate comfort.

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  • Richard Henkle

    That’s not my bag, baby!

  • The Cryptojournalist

    So…..does the pump aid prostate comfort?

  • CAdolfan

    Can’t you just wait for the government to take over healthcare.

  • San Diego Steve

    There is a great deal of fraud regarding medical devices covered by Medicare. For example, most of us have seen TV ads for electrically propelled chairs to be used by elderly people. Moving around is painful for many older citizens, so the idea of an electrically driven chair is appealing. However, use of such a chair greatly reduces mobility and can even make seniors disabled. They need to walk more, not less. The chairs are dangerous to health although they are paid for by Medicare so they are “free” to the purchaser. Cost of the chairs should not be reimbursed by Medicare unless they are prescribed by a physician.

    • Real Rick

      Steve you’re mostly right but the line, “we’ll work hard to get you approved” or something like that is because they’ll need to have a prescription. The part about “at little or no cost to you” is bs. They’re getting their money or, no chair for you!

      • hillcoguy

        Stossel did a TV report on elderly mobility. It was a scam bilking medicare for the cost of a golf cart so us old folks could get around. Stossel filled out the forms and had a rather nice golf cart DELIVERED to his door. He reported it to the proper folks and the scam was shut down…..but I didn’t get one :o(
        Stossel donated it to a service for the elderly….but I betcha he took the deduction! ;o0

    • billd

      Well said. And very true. Stay active to stay healthy. Those are a scam.

    • PowerPC

      You cannot get a chair with medicare paying for it unless you HAVE a Dr.s prescription. They do not just give them away if you ask for one. Man!

  • wfwilson6

    Sold them all to congressional democrats too.

  • Dorian Smith

    Obviously the guy is just trying to get people pumped-up over his products!

  • jasperddbgghost

    Wow, what a d1ck.

    • Corey

      damn you, i was going to post that! lol

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken

  • Hank Warren

    Medicare waste, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • Portia2708

      NEVER, NEVER, NEVER…he is a misogynist of the first order…anti-female pols will never get my vote

  • hungry id

    $26? Is that before inflation?

  • Tommy

    You’ve got to pump it pump it, you’ve got to pump it pump it!!!!!

  • Anonymous

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  • Bogie

    I think Michele Jackson had one of those

  • Ray

    Yea, real penalty he has agreed to forgo $2million, but he does not have to give it up.

  • TruthInSpending

    Maybe he’ll be sentenced to a penile institution.

    • Karl Magnus



  • hillcoguy

    Wait! wait!! I didn’t get one!

  • Kevin Jones

    Obviously this man was pumping the tax payers for money.

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