Miami Physician Indicted in Medicare Fraud Scheme
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Christopher B. Dennis, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce that a federal grand jury indicted defendant Christopher Gregory Wayne, 53, of Miami Beach, an osteopathic physician residing in Miami, for health care fraud. Wayne was arrested today and made his initial appearance at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber.
The indictment charges Wayne with twelve counts of health care fraud by executing a scheme to defraud the Medicare program, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr.
If convicted, Wayne faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of HHS-OIG and the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Morales.
The Indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.