Physician Agrees to Pay $620,500 for Illegal Kickback Scheme

Physician Agrees to Pay $620,500 for Illegal Kickback Scheme

Marrero, LA (April 2, 2020) – A doctor who was accused of engaging in an illegal kickback scheme has made a payment agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Investigations found that between January 8 and June 10, 2013, Stephen Ryan Honeycutt was practicing at Bone & Joint Clinic in Marrero, Louisiana when he engaged in an illegal financial relationship with OK Compounding.

Reports found that Honeycutt prescribed pain cream to patients and facilitated the sale and distribution of the creams. For his services, OK Compounding paid Honeycomb “medical director fees” that were based on his hourly rate. Investigations determined that the payments Honeycutt was receiving were actually kickback payments.

Given the fact that some of the patients were covered by TRICARE, Medicare, and other federal health insurance programs, the kickback payments were received in violation of the False Claims Act.

Earlier this week, Honeycutt agreed to pay the government $620,508.36 for allegedly accepting the illegal kickback payments.

Illegal Kickback Activities

There are numerous instances where vendors, surgeons, and other medical professionals and providers are accused of engaging in fraudulent actions. Unfortunately, those convicted can face several years of imprisonment and thousands of dollars in fines. When individuals are accused of engaging in illegal activities, it is crucial that they contact an aggressive defense attorney as soon as possible.

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