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DENTON AREA DOCTOR CHARGED WITH HEALTH CARE FRAUD
PLANO, Texas — A 54-year-old Plano woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Odette Campbell was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 18, 2010, and charged with 30 counts of health care fraud and 5 counts of altering records during a federal investigation. Campbell surrendered to authorities on Aug. 23, 2010 and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Don Bush for an initial appearance.
According to information presented in court, Campbell, a physician with medical facilities in Denton and Corinth, Texas, is alleged to have defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas by billing for more expensive services than those provided to patients. She is also alleged to have altered medical records, after they had been requested by authorities, in an attempt to cover up the fraud.
If convicted, Campbell faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the FBI, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Texas Attorney General's Office and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas. This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Blackmon.
It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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