Federal fraud case has forced a doctor, her husband and children to move after a SWAT team raided her office in Florida. According to the news story, the obstetrician and gynecologist is waiting for a verdict in a trial for insurance fraud, but she has already lost much as a result of the raid on her clinic.
Her attorney argues that the government put her out of business by raiding her office with an armed SWAT team, scaring many of the physicians in the area. The 48-year-old woman has been charged with 29 counts of scheming to defraud the government. She could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
It’s been argued that the woman made claims for procedures that she should have been using therapeutic or diagnostic equipment for, yet that equipment was idle. She stated that she had to use manual techniques in some instances due to the unreliability of some office and diagnostic equipment. She claims that manual diagnostics are just as effective as those with machines, but she didn’t provide records of the faulty equipment or when she used manual techniques.
As a result of this trial, the doctor has lost her practice. She moved with her children to Tallahassee, while her husband has had to move to Georgia to find work as a gastroenterologist. Interestingly, a new hire to her office who was working in billing and coding is the one who turned them in. That new hire had a history of criminal behavior and a felony on her record.
Fraud cases aren’t always as straightforward as they may appear. It’s important to fight back and protect yourself if you’re accused.