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Schuette Charges West Michigan Physician's Assistant for Over-Prescribing Drugs, Medicaid Fraud
Joy Yearout 517-373-8060
August 8, 2013
LANSING - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the filing of charges against David Hammond-Koskey, 59, of Ludington for his alleged role in submitting multiple fraudulent Medicaid billings as a licensed physician's assistant.
"Medical providers have a powerful responsibility to administer medicine to patients when they are sick," said Schuette. "I will continue to aggressively prosecute any medical professionals who abuse their authority and break the law."
The State, Sheriffs, Chiefs Enforcement Narcotics Team (SSCENT) reported a tip to the Attorney General Health Care Fraud Division that Hammond-Koskey was over-prescribing controlled substances. A joint undercover investigation resulted in Schuette charging Hammond-Koskey with one criminal count for writing a prescription in the absence of any medical justification.
The joint investigation further revealed that Hammond-Koskey treated patients at a medical facility in Ludington, where he allegedly directed billings to be made to the Michigan Medicaid program for at least three patient visits that exceeded what was actually performed and documented within the patient chart. Three of the Medicaid Fraud counts address this practice, commonly known as up-coding.
Schuette filed the following charges against David Hammond-Koskey on August 6, 2013:
One count of Medicaid Fraud relating to overprescribing, a felony punishable by up to four years and/or $50,000 fine; and,
Three counts each of Medicaid Fraud- False Claims, a felony punishable by up to four years and/or $50,000 fine.
Hammond-Koskey was arrested and arraigned on August 7, 2013 before Judge Richard D. Ball of the 54B District Court, Ingham County. Bond was set at $25,000 personal recognizance and Hammond-Koskey was ordered to appear on August 16, 2013 at 1:00PM for a preliminary exam before the Honorable Andrea Andrews Larkin of Ingham County's 54B District Court.
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