☷Ashland City Physician Charged in Federal Health Care Fraud Conspiracy
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Ashland City Physician Charged In Federal Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Indictment Alleges More Than $41 Million in Fraudulent Medicare Claims NASHVILLE – A federal grand jury in Nashville on Monday returned a nine - count indictment , charging an Ashland City , Tennessee , physician in a telemedicine conspiracy to defraud Medicare of more than $41 million , announced U . S . Attorney Mark H . Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee . John R . Manning , 61 , faces charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and eight counts of health care fraud . The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation in which the United States seeks to recover all property , including a money judgement , that represents the proceeds of the violations . Manning was arrested Tuesday at his home by federal agents . The indictment alleges that Manning worked for various telemedicine companies that arranged for physicians to prescribe a variety of durable medical equipment ( DME ) , topical creams , and Cancer Genomic ( CGx ) testing for Medicare beneficiaries . Manning and his co - conspirators sought to enrich themselves by paying and receiving kickbacks and bribes in exchange for signed doctors’ orders and prescriptions for DME , topical creams , and CGx testing , and submitting false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for such services and treatments that were not medically necessary and not eligible for reimbursement . The indictment further alleges that Manning electronically signed doctors’ orders without having established a patient/doctor relationship as required , and issued orders and prescriptions based on only a brief telephonic conversation , or often no conversation at all , and without seeing or physically examining the patient , and without regard for medical necessity . The indictment also alleges that the telemedicine companies paid Manning a fee “per visit , ” constituting illegalkickbacks and bribes in exchange for signing doctors’ orders and prescriptions . If convicted , Manning faces up to 10 years in prison on each count . This case is being investigated by the U . S . Department of Health & Human Services - Office of Inspector General and the FBI , with the assistance of the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office . Assistant U . S . Attorney Robert S . Levine and Trial Attorney Leslie Fisher of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case . An indictment is merely an accusation . The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law . # # # # #
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