Federal authorities executed a search warrant at The Scooter Store's New Braunfels headquarters this morning. About 150 law enforcement officials, including from the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Texas Attorney General's office, were at the company's offices. Most employees at the headquarters were directed to leave the premises. “The employees went out in an orderly fashion,” said Timothy J. Menke, a senior adviser for investigations with OIG. “We're executing the search warrant on the entire site.” By 11:30 a.m., the parking lot at the company's three-story headquarters was virtually empty. The Scooter Store is a provider of scooters and power chairs. Michael B. Clark, The Scooter Store's chief administrative officer, and Tim Zipp, a company spokesman, didn't immediately respond to phone calls. The Scooter Store employs about 1,200 people at its New Braunfels headquarters and about 1,800 overall, Zipp told the Express-News earlier this month. The company laid off 150 people earlier this month and 220 people in September. The search warrant comes as The Scooter Store has been grappling with changes in its business model. Power-mobility devices have come under scrutiny as part of a crackdown on Medicare fraud. Concerns have been raised that the devices are being prescribed to people who don't need them.
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