Monroe lab owner indicted for paying bribes and kickbacks

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Medicare billed approximately $117 million

Source: Dept. of Justice

George M. “Trey” Fluitt, III, 53, of Monroe, made his initial appearance in UnitedStates District Court today, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced. Fluitt, theowner and operator of Specialty Drug Testing, LLC (“Specialty”) in Monroe, was indicted by a federalgrand jury for paying bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute, resulting inimproper billings to Medicare of approximately $117 million.

Fluitt was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and to pay and receive health care kickbacks. In addition, the indictment charges Fluitt with two counts of offering andpayment of kickbacks and bribes in connection with a federal health care program, specifically Medicare.

According to the indictment, Fluitt and Specialty conspired with other unnamed co-conspirators and companies to unlawfully enrich themselves and others by soliciting and paying kickbacks and bribes in return for patient DNA specimens and physicians’ orders for cancer genetic tests and pharmacogentictesting. The indictment alleges that Fluitt and two other co-conspirators created and transmitted invoicesand spreadsheets reflecting the kickback and bribe payments owed by Specialty, and used email and other forms of communication to inform each other of Medicare reimbursements, the payment of kickbacks andbribes, and other matters related to the scheme to defraud. It is further alleged in the indictment that as aresult of these false and fraudulent claims, Medicare paid to Specialty at least the approximate amount of $28,726,229.

If convicted, the defendant faces up to five years in prison for each count of conspiracy to defraud health care program.  Fluitt also faces 10 years in prison for illegal kickbacks.  The defendant faces up to 5years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, forfeiture and restitution.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General conducted theinvestigation.  U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Trial Attorneys Gary A. Winters, Justin M.Woodard, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

 

 

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