A North Texas doctor was recently sentenced to federal prison for 48 months for his role in a health care fraud conspiracy, according to Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott whose office combined with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the investigation of the case. Dr. Daniel K. Leong, 59, was sentenced Oct. 24 by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to prison and ordered to pay $865, 163 in restitution for his role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid.
Abbott is running to become the first Wichita Falls native to serve as governor of the Lone Star State in the Republican primary. He will likely face Democrat Wendy Davis in the general election set for November of 2014.
Leong will be allowed time to eat Thanksgiving turkey at home and buy Christmas presents before he surreneders himself to the Bureau of Prisons on January 15, 2014. Leong pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. His coconspirator Carl Graves, who worked as a physician assistant at the South Dallas Community Medical Center which was owned by Leong, pleaded guilty to the same offense and received a three-year sentence of probation and ordered to pay $294, 946 in restitution.
Leong and Graves often ordered electromyograms (EMG) that are used to diagnose neurological and neuromuscular problems. These tests are reimbursable by Medicare and Medicaid. Frequently, the test results were never read and Graves did not have the training to read them.
Court documents further revealed that the defendants falsely represented office visits and diagnostics were medically necessary resulting in the prescription of controlled substances in exchange for diagnostic testing. Patients exaggerated their pain level to provide a basis for a prescription of narcotics. Leong was able to take advantage of the exaggeration because it gave him cover to order more tests.
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mindy Sauter. The investigation was conducted by the FBI, U.S. Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Texas Attorney Generals Medicaid Fraud Unit.
To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Preveention and Enforcement Action Team go to: www.stopmedicarefraud..gov.
Polls indicate Abbott leads both Republican rival Tom Pauken and Davis by large margins were the elections to be held today.
James V. Allred was a Wichita Falls resident in the 1930s when he was elected governor.
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