OKLAHOMA DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD
DR. GREGORY KHOURY, age 56, a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, pled guilty in federal court yesterday before U. S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman to one count of health care fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, KHOURY admitted that between 1999 until about June, 2006, he defrauded Medicare, the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP) and its associated health care benefit providers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS), Tricare - the health care provided for active and retired members of the armed services and their families, CIGNA, Travelers Insurance Company, and Medigap insurance carriers by submitting fraudulent claims for patients who were not physically present in his office.
KHOURY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years on health care fraud charge, a fine of $250,000.00 and up to three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is set for January 5, 2011.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the U. S. Office of Personnel Management, Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Patrice Harris Sullivan and Jordan Ginsberg.
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