KENNETH B. BEVERLY SENTENCED FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced the sentencing of Kenneth B. Beverly, age 66, of Thomasville, Georgia, on June 28, 2012, in Albany by the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
Mr. Beverly was found guilty of six felony counts related to a conspiracy to falsify Medicaid records, witness tampering, and misleading statements after a seven day jury trial December 10, 2010. Mr. Beverly was sentenced to a prison term of twenty-four (24) months, a $50,000 fine, three (3) years of supervised release, and a $600 assessment fee. The Court allowed Beverly to self-report to the Bureau of Prisons at a date to be determined by the Bureau of Prisons.
Count One charged Mr. Beverly with a conspiracy to falsify records, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 1519; Counts Two and Three, falsification of records, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1519; Counts Four and Five, charged Mr. Beverly with witness tampering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(b)(1); and Count Six, charged Mr. Beverly with misleading statements, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(b)(3).
The Court noted that the essence of the case was the creation of false documents and the forging of signatures in order to induce state and federal authorities to send a total of approximately $13.9 million Medicare and Medicaid monies to Archbold Medical Center, Thomasville, Georgia.
“Health care fraud affects us all, and Mr. Beverly’s crimes exploited public programs designed to help our seniors and those who can’t afford health care. These programs obligate those involved with them to follow the rules; when they don’t, my office will step in,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by United States Attorney Jim Crane for the Middle District of Georgia. For additional information, please contact Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Attorney’s Office at (478) 621-2602.