Offbeat Alabama state lawmaker arrested over alleged Medicare reimbursement scheme

03:11  08 june  2018
03:11  08 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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On Monday, Alabama State Representative Jack Williams was arrested along with two other men for their parts in a political corruption scheme . Connors was then brought in as a lobbyist to court other lawmakers to support the legislation as well.

Alabama state Rep. Jack Williams and Marty Connors, the former chair of the Alabama Republican Party, have been arrested by the FBI “in connection with a public corruption scheme ,” the Department of Justice announced Monday.

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An Alabama state lawmaker has been charged for his alleged role in a scheme to defraud Medicare and pay kickbacks to a physician's office, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The charges against state Rep. Ed Henry (R) center on his work with a business he owned between 2015 and 2017, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Alabama said.

The business, MyPractice24 provided chronic care management services to Medicare recipients who had two or more chronic conditions. Physicians would then pay MyPractice24 a share of the Medicare reimbursements, prosecutors said.

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Federal prosecutors on Monday arrested and charged State Rep. Jack Williams and former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Martin Connors in a public corruption investigation stemming from a 2016 insurance coverage scheme .

Montgomery, al (wsfa) -. Three men, including a current Alabama legislator, were arrested Monday in connection with a public corruption scheme . Longtime Alabama Rep. Jack Williams, 60, former state GOP Chairman Marty Connors, 61, and Trina Healthcare CEO Ford Gilbert, 70, were

Henry entered into an agreement with Montgomery physician Gilberto Sanchez in 2016 under which the lawmaker would pay kickbacks to Sanchez's office in exchange for the practice referring Medicare beneficiaries to MyPractice24 for chronic care management services, prosecutors allege.

Those alleged kickbacks included payments to Sanchez's staff, free chronic care management services, free medical billing services and free clinical services.

Henry also allegedly assisted Sanchez in paying kickbacks to patients who enrolled in enrolled in the chronic care management program. According to prosecutors, those kickbacks were paid by Sanchez by waiving copays required by Medicare.

Sanchez has already pleaded guilty to to drug distribution, health care fraud, and money laundering charges.

Henry has been charged with one count of conspiring to pay kickbacks and to defraud the United States, six counts of paying unlawful kickbacks, one count of conspiring to commit health care fraud, five counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiring to commit money laundering.

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