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Former Physician Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former Kansas City, Mo., physician who lost his medical license due to an earlier fraud scheme, has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a fraud scheme that involved disability examinations of veterans.

Wayne W. Williamson, 74, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, to one year and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Williamson to pay $39,155 in restitution.

Williamson was a medical consultant at Industrial Medical Center (IMC) during various periods beginning at least as early as 2013 through at least March 2015. IMC was a medical clinic in Independence, Mo.; among other things, it was a drug and DNA testing center, had contracts with various entities to provide medical services to patients, and provided drug testing and physical examinations for drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

Williamson was formerly a medical doctor but voluntarily surrendered his medical license in 2010 after he pled guilty to health care fraud; conspiracy to distribute Oxycotin, Percocet, and Xanax; and harassing or attempting to harass an investigator with the Missouri State Board of Healing Arts. Williamson was sentenced to three years in federal prison and permanently excluded from participation in Medicare or Medicaid programs.

Williamson performed disability examinations for the Department of Veterans Affairs under IMC’s contract with Logistics Health, Inc., to determine the extent of veterans’ impairments and eligibility for benefits. This was done in violation of Logistic Health’s contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which required that disability examinations be conducted by credentialed providers and that the examiners must have a clear and unrestricted license and not be excluded from participation in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. However, after the only trained and licensed provider at IMC left on July 16, 2013, Williamson and another defendant conducted the examinations.

IMC falsely represented that a physician had completed and electronically signed the Disability Benefits Questionnaires. IMC submitted invoices to Logistics Health to be paid for 209 disability examinations on 53 veterans. In turn, Logistics Health submitted invoices to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the disability examinations performed by its subcontractor, IMC. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs paid Logistics Health $39,155 for the disability examinations performed by its subcontractor, IMC.

In April 2014, Logistics Health contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs—Office of Inspector General hotline and reported the fraudulent activity. Because a credentialed provider did not conduct the disability examinations, the Department of Veterans Affairs had to re-adjudicate all those claims. Some veterans had to be physically re-examined, and others had their claim file reviewed.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cindi S. Woolery and Senior Litigation Counsel Gregg R. Coonrod. It was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs—Office of Inspector General, the Department of Transportation—Office of Inspector General, the Department of Labor—EBSA and the Department of Health and Human Services—Office of Inspector General.

Updated June 22, 2017

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