Optician Charged With Identity Theft
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that a Bill of Information was filed Tuesday, March 19, 2019 against a Georgia optician charging him with identity theft in connection with the submission of fraudulent claims to health care benefit programs.
Specifically, JOHN ANTHONY MARSH, age 55, of the Atlanta, Georgia region was charged with one count of identity theft. MARSH operated Magazine Medical Group & Associates, LLC in New Orleans. MARSH is charged with submitting claims for reimbursement for medical services using a misappropriated National Provider Identifier of another physician to submit the claims.
If convicted, MARSH faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine as to Count 1 of the Information.
U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services for their work investigating the case. U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by Jared Hasten of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrice Harris Sullivan.
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