Lousiana Doctor at age 71 sentenced to jail for 18 months due to the Healthcare Fraud Scheme.

Lousiana Doctor at age 71 sentenced to jail for 18 months due to the Healthcare Fraud Scheme.

Announcement from the United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin about the conviction of a doctor named Marvin Clifton of Baton Rogue in Lousiana for 18 months by the United States District Judge Brian A. Jackson. With the reason of making false statements about health care situations.

Furthermore, the jury sentenced Clifton for a supervised release for 2years following his imprisonment period, and a 50,000 dollars charge and a 100 dollar for special examination serve as his sanctions.

Licensed Physician Clifton’s specialty includes Physical Therapy in accordance with Dr. Clifton’s confessions. In conclusion, his clients had received medical help from the Workers’ Comp Program. The said Comp Program’s mission is to give wage reserve privileges, medical solutions, vocational repair, and other benefits to particular employees who had experiences of work-related traumas or occupational disorder. With the financial responsibility of the United States Treasury, the Workers’ Comp was given suitable medical solutions.

For four years starting January 2015 to 2019, Clifton obtained money from the Workers’ Comp Program by committing a scheme to which he was not allowed, though he was also aware of falsifying and protecting material pieces of evidence. In order to cover up his invalid actions, Dr. Clifton authorized his office directors to make up medical charges considering that Dr. Clifton provided medical services such as Physical Therapy when in fact he had not conducted it at all.

Other examples include that Dr. Clifton would instruct his office directors to charge for medication during days of which his office was closed. Then, later on, this violation was brought to the United States Department of Labor under the directions of Dr. Clifton. An amount of $340,342.58, from the United States Depart of Labor funds, was given to Dr. Clifton’s account to which he was not entitled to have for submitting over $500,000 of fabricated bills throughout the scheme.

Based on the Unites States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin’s statement, “Our department will go on with investigating and sentence to jail those whoever commits healthcare fraud.  Undoubtedly, defrauding the national Workers’ Compensation Program is not a victimless offense as it brings danger not just to healthcare aids but also to taxpayer’s money in treating national workers with real traumas and disorders.”

Special Agent Bryan A. Vorndran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation added a statement, “Dr. Clifton endangered his morality and medical privilege to gain illegal money from false national Workers’ Payment claims made collaborating with the nine United States Postal Employees.” An addition to Vorndran’s statement, “The reliable works of our men and women in holding accountable to whoever deceives our American people through a healthcare fraud scheme the United States Postal Service – Office of Inspector General, the Department of Labor, and the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana is highly commendable.”

Special Agent Christopher Cave of the U.S Postal Service-Office of the Inspector General Southern Area Field Office added to a statement, “The case has been resolved today through a completed investigation by our respected authorities uncovering invalid actions made by medical professionals of National healthcare benefit programs for personal income.” Agent Christopher Cave added, “Our department will stay alert solving such cases along with the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General.”

Special Agent Steven Grell of the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General also stated, “Dr. Clifton deceitfully fulfilled more than 500,000 dollars in false claims to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (“OWCP”), setting his desire above customer attention. Our people will go on with working with our law enforcement allies and Office of the Workers’ Comp Program to safeguard the morality of the Department of Labor’s benefit protocols.”

This case was properly investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, and the United States. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General and prosecution handled by the Assistant United States Attorney Peter J. Smyczek.

Committing a serious offense that involves stealing money from innocent people for your personal gains is an act fraud. Such violations can lead to many sanctions like imprisonment and paying a certain amount of money to the United States Government decided by law enforcement agencies. In order to prevent crimes like this, let know our healthcare fraud unit immediately at 888-402-4054. We will make sure to give you excellent service until we meet your needs.

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