Former Fresno sleep clinic owner sentenced for fraud

Jeremy Gober receives 46-month prison sentence for health care fraud, aggravated identity theft; Sentence stems from $1.5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, MediCal

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Mid Valley Times Staff
Published June 16, 2024  • 
9:00 am

FRESNO – U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert has announced that Jeremy Gober, 43, of Hanford, was sentenced to 46 months in prison earlier this month for committing health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. 

According to court documents, Gober co-owned and co-operated Got Sleep Inc., which operated sleep clinics in Fresno and Orange Counties. Sleep clinics perform diagnostic sleep studies to identify disorders like sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

From Aug. 2016 through July 2020, Gober caused Got Sleep to submit thousands of claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for sleep studies that were not actually performed on patients. The claims also falsely stated that the patients had been referred for the sleep studies by physicians with whom Gober had previously worked. This was done because Medicare and Medi-Cal will not pay for a sleep study unless the patient was referred by a physician. Gober caused more than $1.5 million in fraudulent claims to be submitted and $587,000 to be paid out by Medicare and Medi-Cal.

On March 11, 2024, Gober’s brother, Travis Gober, was sentenced to 19 months in prison for his conviction in a similar health care fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme related to VIP Sleep Center in Tulare and Fresno Counties. That fraud was partially an attempt by Travis Gober to resolve company debts incurred by Jeremy Gober. 

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Health Care Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Barton prosecuted the case.

Mid Valley Times Staff