Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

State Plays Role in Big Medical Fraud 'Takedown'

State Plays Role in Big Medical Fraud 'Takedown'

Dr. Jeffrey Campbell and his nurse practitioners, Mark Dyer and Dawn Antle, were charged with unlawful distribution and dispensing of a controlled substances and health care fraud.

One case involves Physicians Primary Care, which has locations in Louisville and Jeffersonville. The DOJ says Accubil, which handles the billing for OICC, "received more than $2 million from Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary nuclear stress tests and medically unnecessary coronary interventions such as pacemaker insertion and stent procedures". She's accused of being paid over $10,000 for services her company never provided and filing false claims after her invoices weren't paid because the fraud had been detected. Combined, the fraud schemes involved roughly $1.3 billion in false billings.

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Today's enforcement actions were led and coordinated by the Criminal Division, Fraud Section's Health Care Fraud Unit in conjunction with its Medicare Fraud Strike Force partners, a partnership between the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and HHS-OIG. She's accused of fraudulently billing United Health Care for medical services she never provided. A news release says the arrests are for a long list of charges including illegally distributing opioids and other controlled substances, identity theft, money laundering and billing for unnecessary treatments. Those indicted are Janice Patterson, Tanesha Washington and Katerrell Kennedy.

One of the largest losses to the Indiana Medicaid program was discovered during MFCU's investigation of two employees of Med 1st in Evansville, Indiana, where Chiropractor Mitchel Stukey and Karen Poeling are accused of distributing and prescribing controlled substances using signed blank prescription pads, then attempting to launder the money obtained from this illegal activity. "When licensed professionals and organizations target those who rely on Medicaid, they're also putting taxpayers on the hook". The indictment does not allege total damages to Medicaid. "The culmination of these investigations is extremely rewarding for the investigators and lawyers in our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit who work tirelessly to bring these offenders to justice".

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