The Accused Individual is the 23rd Indicted in the Biggest Fraud Operation in The History of Georgia’s Southern District.
Savannah, Georgia– On 23rd April 2020, A Georgia woman who ran a telemedicine network using two enterprises was indicted for her purported role in an ever-growing telemedicine and healthcare fraud scheme.
Charlene Frame, the manager of Envision It Perfect, LLC and Royal Physician Network, LLC, both Georgia Enterprises, was alleged of conspiring to remit healthcare providers, such as doctors and nurse specialists, in trade to acquiring orders for DME (durable medical equipment) that would then be traded to DME providers and, eventually, charged to Medicare. The monetary sum for orders enabled by this plot was claimed to be more than 60 million USD for thousands of patients’ requests. Medicare recipients were situated in the Southern District of Georgia and other places. The defendant was indicted by way of Information submitted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine said that the prosecutors and law enforcement liaisons would proceed to utilize all resources at their disposal to take apart networks that participated in illegal schemes that placed their interests before the legal and medical remedy.
The prosecution, rising out of the linked “Operation Double Helix” and “Operation Brace Yourself,” together with those earlier reported, entails the biggest fraud operation in the Southern District of Georgia record. Earlier indicted in that string of cases included 8 doctors, 2 nurse specialists, 2 workers of a telemedicine enterprise, 2 brokers of patient information, and various proprietors of durable medicine equipment enterprises. The Medicaid and Medicare recipients whose names were utilized as a part of the plot were situated all over the nation, including all over the Southern District of Georgia.
The collective 470 million USD in fraud indicted in the Southern District of Georgia was part of a nationwide exercise by the Department of Justice that comprised claims involving billions of fraudulent allegations for pain lotions, genetic exams, and orthotic braces, and other products.
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Atlanta Chris Hacker said that the 60-million USD fraud scheme was one small part of a much bigger exercise that placed immense strain on the federally- funded health care programs. He added that his office would always safeguard the American citizens, who were still victims of gluttonous providers, specifically those who required government help for their health care requirements.
Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General in Atlanta Derrick L. Jackson said that the criminal indictment served as a warning to any person who felt the desire to improve their lives at the cost of the country’s Medicare recipients. He added that HHS-OIG, along with other law enforcement liaisons, pledged to proceed with the combat against such fraudulent plots.
Resident Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service Glen M. Kessler said that the cases of such immensity could only be handled using a plan that acknowledged that the most efficient method of combating these big criminal networks is by uniting the resources, expertise, and strength of federal agencies. He added that the country’s healthcare programs could not allow kickbacks to doctors and chemists while criminals filled their pockets with citizen-financed dollars.
A federal criminal charge is just an allegation. A defendant is considered to be innocent until or unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a federal court.
The investigation is still being conducted. As telemedicine becomes an advancing part of the healthcare programs, attentiveness in making sure that kickbacks and fraud do not take over the legal operation of medicine by electronic means is more crucial than ever. If you have knowledge of any fraud or kickbacks linked to telemedicine, as well as coronavirus fraud, please contact the FBI hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
The prosecution for the case was as a result of a combined investigation effort of a number of agencies and Offices. U.S. Attorney Christine commended the United States Secret Service’s work, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General, and the FBI in investigating the case.
The prosecution for the cases was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan A. Porter and J. Thomas Clarkson on behalf of the United States.
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