A central Pennsylvania physician who operated two separate clinics has pleaded guilty in federal court to multiple charges of theft, health care fraud and money laundering.
Before U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner, Doctor Timothy A. Clark admitted to the following:
> He stole about $25,000 of his employees’ retirement funds by diverting payroll deductions into his own account. His medical staff thought their money was going into IRA savings
> He scammed Medicare, Highmark, Inc. and Blue Cross insurance payors by fraudulently inflating patient care records of patients he and his staff treated at Holy Spirit Hospital
> He illegally transferred more than $100,000 into bank accounts which he controlled
According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Clark, age 44 at the time of his arrest, is a pulmonary specialist who owns Central Pennsylvania Pulmonary Associates as well as the Sleep Disorder Centers of Central Pennsylvania. He was arrested in June, 2012 after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg.
Investigators were able to prove that Clark’s routine of thievery began in December 2007 and continued for nearly five years. During that time he illegally billed for and received more than 1/2 million dollars in insurance payments.
Clark MD, who could receive a 10-year prison term, is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
For more details on this case: http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2012/09/taxpayers_pay_the_price_for_me.html
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Medical Miscreants thanks U.S. Attorney Joseph J. Terz for prosecuting this case, as well as the following law enforcement agencies:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Pennsylvania State Attorney General – Insurance Fraud Section; U. S. Department of Health & Human Services; the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations; the U.S. Department of Labor; and the Office of Inspector General.
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