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Health care fraud is a serious offense

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2021 | Federal Crimes

A podiatrist in Mississippi is facing federal charges for allegedly prescribing and dispensing unnecessary medications to patients, all for the sake of money. Committing health care fraud is a serious federal offense. If convicted, this individual is looking at years behind bars — among various other penalties.

What happened?

According to reports, the doctor — a 63-year-old male — owned and operated a podiatry clinic with an in-house pharmacy. He was allegedly prescribing medications for his patients to add to foot baths, as podiatrists often do; however, the medications prescribed and ultimately dispensed were not designed to dissolve in water or be used in this way. Nor were the medications deemed necessary to treat the ailments about which his patients complained.

Between 2016 and 2021, he is accused of submitting nearly $5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for the medications, and another $6 million for unnecessary testing. He was recently charged with health care fraud, wire fraud and receiving kickbacks — among other offenses.

Defense

It is unclear if this gentleman has decided to enter a guilty plea in the hopes of achieving lighter sentencing or if he is going to fight the matter in federal court. Only time will tell. Regardless of his decision, he has the right to have legal counsel by his side, assisting him in making informed decisions, helping him navigate criminal proceedings and fighting for the best possible outcome. This is true for any Mississippi resident who is facing federal charges, whether for health care fraud or anything else.