In Fall River Massachusetts Bristol County Courthouse last week a doctor changed his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty,” to a long list of health care fraud charges.
Doctor Michael A. Taylor, age 62, confessed to 16 counts of illegally prescribing narcotics; 12 counts of stealing from the state Medicaid insurance system, and three other counts of theft, according to a state attorney general press release.
Judge Frances McIntyre gave Taylor a 2½-year suspended sentence and ordered probation for five years.
According to the state attorney general, “Illegally prescribing drugs with a high potential for abuse is a serious offense that puts patients at risk and steals critical funding from MassHealth.”
Taylor prescribed oxycodone, along with Percocet and other oxycodone-based drugs, for no legitimate medical purpose, prosecutors said. By doing this, he caused pharmacies to falsely bill MassHealth for these narcotics by representing that they were appropriate and medically necessary.
He fraudulently billed more than $9,800 to MassHealth for office visits when patients picked up drug prescriptions without seeing him and for office visits when he was not even in the state.
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The Massachusetts State Attorney General made this inane pronouncement:
“This sentencing demonstrates that licensed doctors who engage in these fraudulent practices will be held criminally responsible for their actions.”
Not even close. What this ridiculously spineless sentence pronounces to every unethical nut out there, is that the worst they can expect from a life of fraud is a slap on the thieving behind.
Which may contribute to the 2,500 criminal MDs the year 2013 will regurgitate.
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