Tampa, FL – A woman from Lecanto named Teresa Johnson at age 53 was brought in probation by the U.S. District Judge Scriven for five years including 4 months of home custody for committing healthcare fraud with a regional doctor as her alliance. In conclusion, the board also sanctioned the accused to pay to compensate for the defrauded national healthcare program, with an amount of more than $5,700 affecting the percentage of Johnson’s healthcare fraud earnings.
On Thursday the 10th of October 2019, Johnson was claimed guilty.
Found in the records of the court that Johnson happened to own an operation in a medical billing firm, Tri-Counting Billing which occurred to be mostly untrue and submitted those untrue claims to a doctor who recently passed known to have 3 clinics operating.
Mentioned clinics above are located in Crystal River, Spring Hill, and Celebration where most of the untrue claims were introduced to government healthcare programs including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and CHAMPVA. Back in April 2019, Doctor A filed bankruptcy on behalf of his medical procedures due to the given help Johnson needed that involved financial concerns. All these happened because Johnson has once worked for Doctor A in different ways according to his available capacity.
Part of the program was Doctor A assigned several healthcare providers who were not approved to execute and restricted from billing for medical help.
Assigned healthcare providers who were prohibited had nothing to do with the charged claims by Doctor A authorized to Johnson. Additionally, one of the providers was a pain management doctor who enrolled in the Medicare and Medicaid program but denied. Whoever doctor comes next is prohibited from billing directly or indirectly on any healthcare programs. Another problem occurred when Doctor A assigned nurse practitioners to execute medical rules and authorized Tri-County to deferred claims as if a physician had executed these rules. When in fact, these 2 knew all along that these claims were all untrue and deceitful.
Of course, with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, and the Florida Office of Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the investigation was a victory. The trial was assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelley Howard-Allen.
Putting another person in danger in which you caused is not just punishable by the court but also in life. As we all know, fraud is a major crime and whoever commits to it will receive proper sanctions by the law. We the Healthcare Fraud Group will do our best to commit in such situations that may occur in your place, just give us a call at 888-402-4054 when there’s an emergency.