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Physician faces federal charges after alleged Medicare fraud

For many Kentucky businesses, the ability to run a successful enterprise is heavily reliant on maintaining transparency, upholding ethical conduct and practicing integrity and honesty no matter the circumstances. Unfortunately, there are times when ignorance, greed and monitoring failure can open the doors to fraudulent activity. This type of behavior can wreak havoc in any organization and create lasting damages that may be difficult to overcome.

In a recent case in Utah, a physician is facing federal charges after he allegedly committed Medicare fraud. According to legal documents, this was not the first time the doctor had taken advantage of his power and privilege. Years earlier, he was abusing prescription narcotics while serving as the primary doctor in a small Utah town. After a brief probationary period, he continued to practice and did not have any more disciplinary actions on his record for upwards of 10 years. 

In January 2017, a federal complaint was filed after the doctor allegedly billed Medicare excessively without legitimate means. As a result, he was the recipient of overpayments amounting to $4,230. At the time of his alleged fraudulent behavior, he was serving as the primary investigator of an important medical study related to the uses of CBD oil. If he is found guilty of the charges he could face considerable legal consequences that could ultimately end his career. A thorough investigation is still underway to determine an outcome. Efforts to contact the doctor and his attorney were unsuccessful. 

If businesses have been compromised by fraudulent behavior, they may wish to enlist the help of a qualified attorney. This decision may allow them to focus their efforts on restoring their credibility with a legal professional at the forefront of case proceedings. 

Source: Standard-Examiner, "Doctor overseeing CBD oil study faces Medicare fraud charges," Cathy Mckitrick, Jan. 8, 2018

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