A former Fresno sleep clinic owner was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for fraudulently billing Medicare and Medi-Cal for thousands of sleep studies that were never performed on patients.


Summary: Jeremy Gober, former co-owner of Got Sleep Inc in California, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, having submitted fraudulent Medicare and Medi-Cal claims for unperformed sleep studies, resulting in over $1.5 million in fraudulent claims and $587,000 in payouts.

Key Takeaways

  • Jeremy Gober submitted thousands of false claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for sleep studies that were never performed, totaling over $1.5 million.
  • Gober was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his fraudulent activities, and his brother, Travis Gober, received a 19-month sentence for a similar scheme.
  • The case was investigated by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI, and the California Department of Health Care Services, and was prosecuted by assistant US Attorney Joseph Barton.

Jeremy Gober, 43, of Hanford, Calif, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for committing health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a release from the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California.

According to court documents, Gober co-owned and co-operated Got Sleep Inc, which operated sleep clinics in Fresno and Orange Counties. From August 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 Jeremy 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, Jeremy 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 other sleep clinics in the Central Valley.

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