Roanoke, Virginia– On 24th September 2020, Special Agent in Charge Maureen R. Dixon for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Frank Purpera Jr., the previous proprietor of the Virginia Vein Institute, was convicted in the United States District Court to a sentence of ninety months in federal prison after being indicted by a jury in January 2020 for purportedly supplying controlled drugs, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, obstruction of justice, and health care fraud.
Frank, age 45, of Blacksburg, Virginia, was indicted in January on fifty-six counts of the illicit supply of a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 2 counts of obstruction of justice, and one count of health care fraud.
Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar said that Dr. Frank breached the trust bestowed on him when he unlawfully prescribed a potent opioid and swindled important health care programs denying Virginians of necessary financing. He added that the day significant conviction was a result of years of work by an outstanding team of the states and federal liaison – the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, and Department of Health and Human Services- Office of the Inspector General.
Attorney General Mark Herring said that medical physicians and other healthcare providers who swindle healthcare systems and utilize their rank to unlawfully supply controlled drugs waste citizen’s funds and place their communities in jeopardy. He also commended the state and federal liaison to handle the case and continued cooperation on similar key issues.
Special Agent in Charge Maureen R. Dixon for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that Dr. Frank put his personal gains above those of the citizens and the patients he treated. In doing this, he compromised his honesty and breached the Hippocratic Oath. She further added that she would continue working with state and law enforcement liaisons to safeguard health programs and bring culprits to book.
The affidavit presented at court showed that Frank, for a duration of nearly 5 years, wrote a number of prescriptions for Adderall and Percocet, the two schedule-2 controlled drugs, using his spouse’s name who had a distinct last name, on numerous instances. The prescriptions were not for lawfully medical reasons and were outside the capacity of Frank’s medical expertise.
Further, the defendant forged his medical data and charged millions of dollars in fraudulent claims to Virginia Medicaid, Medicare, and Anthem Insurance. The court commanded Frank to remit more than 2.3 million USD in remuneration.
Following the search warrant’s implementation in September 2016 at the Virginia Vein Institute, Frank informed his workers to say “I don’t remember” when grilled by federal investigators. To put emphasis on his point, Frank showed a staff a film clip from the favored movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in which several staff members, when grilled by federal law enforcement, they say, “I don’t remember, I don’t remember.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this trial, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General, an Investigator with U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The prosecution for this case on behalf of the United States was conducted by Assistant United States Attorneys Randy Ramseyer, Jonathan Jones, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Nicole Terry, and an Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
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