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  • Writer's pictureShelly Asbury

Physician Assistant Guity of $10 Million Fraud Scheme

Colby Edward Joyner, a North Carolina PA, signed fraudulent prescriptions for medically unnecessary genetic testing. Trial evidence showed that Joyner received from the telemedicine company and its clients pre-populated prescription forms and related records for patients who were pre-selected for genetic testing, which he then electronically signed and returned, in exchange for $12, and later $15, for each purported consultation that he performed. Joyner falsified medical records in connection with the unnecessary prescriptions.

The government’s evidence established that Joyner’s scheme resulted in the submission of more than $10 million in fraudulent reimbursement claims to Medicare, and more than $3.6 million in payments.

Read more about this case – sentencing date has not yet been set. The health care fraud charge carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and a $250,000 fine. The charge of making false statements relating to health care matters carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, per count.

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