Missouri Laboratory Owners Agree to Pay $1.9 Million and Relinquish $7 Million in Escrow in Settlement of Civil Fraud Claims
St. Louis, MO – Anthony B. Camillo, 62, of Madison County, Illinois, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud and to pay illegal kickbacks for health care services. He appeared in federal court today before U.S. District Court Judge Audrey G. Fleissig and ordered Camillo to pay $3,469,810 in restitution.
According to court documents, Anthony Camillo, the owner of Allegiance Medical Laboratory and AMS Medical Laboratory, paid illegal kickbacks to “marketers” for urine and saliva specimens sent to the labs for testing. In some instances, doctors’ names were used on orders for the tests, although the doctors had never seen or evaluated the patients and did not know their names were being used on the orders. During the conspiracy, many disabled and elderly patients living in residential care facilities were repeatedly subjected to medically unnecessary testing. Camillo usually paid the marketers, operating in Missouri and other states, $150-$200 for each specimen that Medicare and Medicaid paid the labs.
This case was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of by the Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Missouri Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Dorothy McMurtry handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.