Pain management doctor indicted
BATON ROUGE – A pain management doctor and his billing supervisor are caught up in a nation-wide health care fraud investigation, federal authorities announced Thursday.
Dr. John Eatham Clark, 65, and Charlene Anita Severio, 54, of Walker, were indicted with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud. Clark co-owns Louisiana Spine and Sports on Bluebonnet between Jefferson and the interstate.
Prosecutors allege Clark and Severio ran a $4.4 million fraud scheme in which bills were faked to indicate false surgical procedures and other unnecessary tests.
The two local indictments are part of a sweeping investigation that involves 400 people in all across forty-one judicial districts.
In 2015, the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit recorded video of the FBI raiding the Bluebonnet offices of Clark's business.
> WATCH: Raw video of FBI at doctor's office from 2015; CLICK HERE
Two years ago, documents obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit showed Doctor John Clark was then one of the top prescribers for oxycodone HCL, a powerful pain medication, in Louisiana. A public watchdog group also reported Clark filed more than 468 Medicare claims for oxycodone. In 2015, he was ranked 23rd out of all doctors in the state for issuing the drug.
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