Abingdon, Virginia – On 2nd March 2021, Virginia Attorney General Mark G. Herring and Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar reported that Michael Dube, a previous owner, and operator of American Toxicology Labs, was convicted on 2nd March 2021 in United States District Court in Abingdon, Virginia to three years in federal prison.
Michael Dube, age 59, from Johnson City, Tennessee, had prior admitted guilty in an Abingdon United States District Court to two felony health care fraud charges (one filed in Virginia’s Western District and one filed in Kentucky’s Eastern District).
Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar stated that Michael Dube exploited health care funds, intended on supporting the most vulnerable, for his own gluttony. Bubar further noted that the 2nd March 2021 significant conviction shows that health care fraud would not be tolerated, and collaboration and close partnership between local, state, and federal law enforcement led to Michael Dube’s conviction.
FDA Office of Criminal Investigations – Metro Washington Field Office Special Agent in Charge Mark S. McCormack stated that addressing the opioid pandemic is a matter of great concern for the United States and remains FDA’s top public health priority. McCormack further added that it is vital that health care providers act with integrity and honesty in fighting the pandemic. McCormack also assured that they would continue to collaborate with its state and federal law enforcement partners to investigate and hold accountable individuals who steal federal health care programs.
As per the court records, in March 2011, Michael Dube admitted guilty in Tennessee’s Eastern District to one charge of deliberately omitting information from reports as demanded under the Controlled Substances Statute. Due to his conviction, the Health & Human Services Department notified Michael Dube that he was omitted from contributing to any federally-funded health care program through a letter dated 29th June 2012.
However, in May 2013, Michael Dube and Regan Dube, his wife, started American Toxicology Labs in Johnson City, Tennessee. Regan Dube served as the firm’s registered agent and used the couple’s home address as the primary office and mailing address. American Toxicology Labs later applied to participate in the Medicaid program and Medicare program. Regan Dube was documented as the owner of American Toxicology Labs on the applications, and Michael Dube’s name and contribution in American Toxicology Labs was excluded.
American Toxicology Labs carried out urine tests for several entities that claimed themselves to be opioid treatment facilities. From 1st May 2014 to 31st January 2020, the Medicare program, the Virginia Medicaid program, the Kentucky Medicaid program, and TennCare made reimbursements to American Toxicology Labs that amounted to about 8.5 million U.S. dollars. During this period, Michael Dube was the one making the employment decisions, negotiating with providers business arrangements, and otherwise contributed to the management of American Toxicology Labs.
Besides, Michael Dube also obtained kickback reimbursements from 3rd parties for referring people to those 3rd parties for services for which reimbursement was made (in whole or partially) by federally-funded health care programs. These reimbursements were deposited in Regan Dube’s and Michael Dube’s personal checking account in a whole amount of 441,646 U.S. dollars. Regan Dube was prior charged and convicted in connection with the conspiracy.
Because of their convictions, Michael Dube and Regan Dube will reimburse a total of 9,015,046 U.S. dollars, together with interest, divided between special assessments, restitution, fines, and forfeiture. They will have to reimburse the whole amount of the money they obtained from the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
The Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, the Health & Human Services Department – Office of the Inspector General, the Virginia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit – Office of the Attorney General, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Virginia State Police, and Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted the case’s investigation. The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for Virginia’s Western District (Assistant Attorney General and the Special United States Assistant Attorney Janine Myatt and the United States Assistant Attorneys Krista Frith, Whit Pierce, and Randy Ramseyer) and Kentucky’s Eastern District of (the United States Assistant Attorneys Gregory Rosenberg and Andrew Smith) conducted the case’s prosecution. The United States Attorney’s Office for Tennessee’s Eastern District gave valuable and outstanding support during the prosecution.
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