Thursday, June 27, 2013

Austin Doctor Charged in Alleged $2M Billing Fraud

HOUSTON (AP) A Texas neurologist and his clinic administrator have been charged with conspiring to defraud Medicare of more than $2 million.
Prosecutors in Houston say the case involves 40-year-old Dr. Dennis Barson Jr. of Austin and 53-year-old Dario Juarez of Beeville. Both are accused of fraudulent bill and filing false claims for procedures not done.
The indictment returned June 19 includes 19 health care fraud counts and one conspiracy charge. Details were announced Tuesday when the indictment was unsealed and Barson was arrested. Investigators say Juarez was already in custody serving time for practicing medicine without a license.
Prosecutors say Barson was the only practicing doctor at a clinic in Houston but Juarez allegedly was the medical person seeing patients.
Barson didn't immediately respond to a message for comment Wednesday.

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