Texas Doctor Accused of Running $5.2 Million Health Care Fraud System
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a doctor from Irving, Texas was arrested May 8 under suspicion of running a $5.2 million health care fraud scheme with his Dallas house-call service. Police officers also arrested one of the doctor’s employees in conjunction with the alleged scheme.
Dr. Hector Molina, 51, runs his company Molina Medical Housecall Services in Dallas, and he and his 46-year-old employee were each charged with a count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Molina was also charged with eight additional counts health care fraud, and the employee has been charged with four.
Several allegations of health care fraud
According to law enforcement officials, the two allegedly billed Medicare between June 2012 and January 2015 for a number of house calls performed by employee as though Molina had actually been the one to make the visits. The employee is not a licensed physician, so billing as Molina would allow for greater Medicare payments.
Additionally, the indictment alleges Molina billed for home visits in Dallas when he wasn’t even in the country at the time. Both he and the employee have already appeared in federal court and were released on bond, but their legal troubles appear to only be starting.
Overbilling Medicare is one of the most common types of health care fraud in the United States. If you or your organization has been accused of this crime, work with an experienced health care criminal defense attorney to learn about your options. Contact the New York lawyers at Buttaci Leardi & Werner, LLC to get started.
- Posted on: May 26 2015