Louisiana Physician Sentenced for Scheming to Obtain Illicit Health Care Kickbacks

Louisiana Physician Sentenced for Scheming to Obtain Illicit Health Care Kickbacks

A doctor from Louisiana was sentenced on 15th April 2021 to one year and six months in prison for his participation in a conspiracy to obtain about 336,000 U.S. dollars in illicit health care kickback reimbursements.

Gray Wesley Barrow, M.D., from Baton Rouge, age 61, admitted guilt to one conspiracy count to reimburse and obtain health care kickbacks on 20th November 2018. Pursuant to court documents, Gray Barrow was a part-owner of Louisiana Spine & Sports LLC, a Baton Rouge-based pain management clinic. Gray Barrow consented to refer urine specimens obtained from his patients to a drug screening laboratory in exchange for an illicit kickback calculated as a % of the payment reimbursed to the lab by the Medicare program and other healthcare benefit programs.

From about Jan. 2014 to July 2016, Gray Barrow referred specimens obtained from his patients to the lab and received about 1.58 million U.S. dollars in payments from the lab. Of that 1.58 million U.S. dollars, about 336,000 U.S. dollars represented illicit kickback reimbursements connected to testing conducted on specimens of Medicare recipients, which the court directed Gray Barrow to forfeit as part of the 15th April 2021 sentence. Besides, Gray Barrow was directed to reimburse 336,000 U.S. dollars in restitution.

The announcement was made by the Justice Department – Criminal Division Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid; Louisiana’s Middle District Acting United States Attorney Ellison C. Travis; the HHS-OIG (U.S. Health & Human Services Department – Office of Inspector General), Dallas Field Office Special Agent in Charge Miranda Bennett; and the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office Special Agent in Charge Bryan A. Vorndran.

The HHS-OIG (U.S. Health & Human Services Department – Office of Inspector General) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the case’s investigation.

The Criminal Division – Fraud Section Assistant Chief Dustin M. Davis and the Criminal Division – Fraud Section Trial Attorney Justin M. Woodard, together with U.S. Assistant Attorney Elizabeth E. White of Louisiana’s Middle District U.S. Attorney’s Office handled the case’s prosecution.

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