Corporate Compliance

Washington doctor, mother sentenced to prison for healthcare fraud

Compliance Monitor, April 4, 2012

A federal judge sentenced a Washington-based doctor and his mother to prison for fraudulently billing Medicaid for services deemed not medically necessary, illegally dispensing narcotics, and tax fraud, according to a March 29 Department of Justice press release.

Antoine Johnson, a licensed doctor who operated four healthcare clinics in Washington, received a prison sentence of 12 years and ordered to pay $1,281,873 in restitution. His mother, Lawanda Johnson, who worked as her son’s business manager, received a prison sentence of seven years and ordered to pay $1,227,746 in restitution for her participation in the scheme.

Dr. Johnson operated Broadway Clinic and three separate Johnson Family Practice clinics as the sole medical provider. He dispensed narcotics to patients without performing the necessary medical examinations and submitted inflated claims to Medicaid with the help of his mother. For an additional fee of $75 to $100, the Johnsons allowed relatives of patients to pick up the signed prescriptions for narcotics in place of the intended patient.

Read more on the U.S. Department of Justice website.

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