DOJ details multiple cases of healthcare fraud around Baton Rouge area
BATON ROUGE - An FBI raid caught by WBRZ cameras last week is just the tip of the iceberg, the Department of Justice said in a press conference Tuesday.
Although the raid of Acadian Laboratories led to the discovery of nearly $240 million worth of fraud--part of the largest in U.S. history--there are several more fraudulent facilities just miles away.
"It's not just places like Chicago, LA, Houston, etc. It's places like Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, New Orleans, and all of the towns in between," U.S. attorney Brandon Fremin said.
In Iberville Parish, one case alleges owners of the St. Gabriel Health Clinic defrauded Medicaid for nearly $2 million by falsely diagnosing students with serious mental health disorders and ordering psychotherapy that was never provided.
"Not only does it cause a problem to the public, but it can cause a problem to individuals, which creates individual human victims which is part of the reason why these cases are so important," Fremin said.
Other cases include J. Foster Chapman in Alexandria writing unnecessary orders for $4.8 million worth of medical equipment and Casonya Williams in Hammond claiming to have rendered nearly $200,000 worth of behavioral health services that she did not.
And these are just recent cases. Since 2009, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force--composed of the D.O.J., the US Attorney's Office, and the Department of Health--has charged more than 100 fraudsters in the area.
"For everyone out there know, if you're abusing, misusing and defrauding the medical welfare system in the state, we will find you, we will root you out and we will bring you to justice," Jeff Landry said.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Southern Jaguars return to Mumford Stadium for only home game of the...
Mary Bird Perkins employee raises $50k in fight against cancer after running...
Louisiana Marathon returns to downtown Baton Rouge
Les Miles placed on leave
LSU making decisions to better handle sexual abuse allegations
East Iberville overcomes 14 point deficit to claim 1A State Title
LSU radio crew calls road games from home
Southeastern caps off historic weekend with sweep of Mississippi Valley
Central's Ethaniel Rizan big on size and heart
Baton Rouge CC gets huge win over Louisiana Community Christian