Former Ft. Thomas X-Ray Technician Sentenced To a Year For Health Care Fraud
COVINGTON — A former X-ray technician from Ft. Thomas, Ky., who previously admitted to defrauding state and federal health care programs out of thousands of dollars, has been sentenced to one year in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced Robert Moyer for health care fraud and also ordered him to pay 112,173.93 in restitution. Under federal law, Moyer must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.
According to court records, starting in June 2010 and continuing until December 2011, Moyer, who owned Mobile Medical Resources, knowingly allowed an unlicensed individual to administer x-rays to Medicare and Medicaid patients from Kentucky and Ohio. He then falsified documentation to conceal who performed the x-ray services. Under federal law, the Medicare and Medicaid programs only reimburse for such medical services when they are provided by a licensed professional.
“Billing Medicare and Medicaid for services performed by non-licensed personnel is fraud,” said Derrick L. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General in Atlanta. “This defendant not only stole money from the taxpayers, his X-rays sometimes had to be re-taken because they were of such poor quality that they were useless.”
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Sylvia Mathews, Derrick Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations; Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General; and Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, jointly made the announcement.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit; Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura K. Voorhees prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.