Sleep center owner’s dream scam turns into prison nightmare

Fresno and Tulare County sleep clinic owner sentenced for million-dollar Medicare fraud scheme

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published March 14, 2024  • 
12:00 pm
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FRESNO — In a wake-up call for health care fraud, the owner of VIP Sleep Centers in Fresno and Tulare Counties has been sentenced to 19 months in prison for dreaming up over $1 million in fraudulent Medicare claims.

Travis Gober, 45, of Hanford, was sentenced to 19 months in prison for health care fraud and aggravated identity theft after submitting fraudulent claims exceeding $1 million for sleep studies to Medicare, announced U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.

Gober, owner of VIP Sleep Center in Fresno and Tulare counties, submitted nearly $1 million in false claims to Medicare from October 2019 through September 2021, for sleep studies that were never conducted. The fraudulent claims indicated referrals from physicians Gober had previously associated with, a requirement for Medicare reimbursement.

The fraud was partially an attempt to resolve financial issues caused by Gober’s brother, Jeremy Gober, unbeknownst to Travis Gober.

The investigation involved the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the FBI, and the California Department of Health Care Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Barton is handling the prosecution.

Jeremy Gober has also pleaded guilty to related charges and awaits sentencing on May 20, 2024.

Mid Valley Times Staff