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Harrison County Man Pleads Guilty to Medicare Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Gulfport, Miss.  – A Biloxi man pled guilty to providing false statements in connection with the delivery of payments for health care benefits of Medicare beneficiaries, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Tamala Miles, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General.

According to court documents, Douglas Christopher Gorman, 41, conspired with others between January 2016 and March 2019, to provide fraudulent statements to Medicare for reimbursements of claims for patient treatment and prescriptions.  Gorman held himself out as a licensed physician and treated patients, ordered diagnostic testing, ordered laboratory work, and prescribed medications while employed at Coast Neurology in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Gorman was not licensed to practice medicine in Mississippi or any other state in the United States.  Gorman, through his co-conspirators, submitted documents seeking reimbursement for the provided services under another co-conspirator’s Medicare identification number.  Medicare reimbursed for the services and prescriptions believing the services were provided by a licensed physician.

Gorman is scheduled to be sentenced on April 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and HHS OIG are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk is prosecuting the case.

Updated December 22, 2021

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