BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – A federal jury has convicted a Tennessee medical professional and his spouse on a number of prices like unlawfully distributing opioids and defrauding insurers from their now-closed North Alabama clinics.
Mark Murphy, 65, and his spouse, Jennifer, 65, the two from Lewisburg, Tenn., owned and operated North Alabama Suffering Providers (NAPS). The couple closed both the Decatur and Madison offices in early 2017. In accordance to courtroom paperwork, around a five-calendar year interval in advance of the clinics closed Murphy and his spouse, who worked as NAPS place of work manager, billed in excess of $50 million in fraudulent or avoidable medical expert services to Medicare, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Protect of Alabama and other insurance plan providers.
Prim Escalona, a U.S Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, reported evidence offered at trial showed NAPS gave pre-signed prescriptions to thousands of people a thirty day period which includes prescriptions written without having a legit healthcare intent.
Proof also confirmed equally Murphys solicited and obtained illegal payments for referring fraudulent or unwanted solutions to people, according to Escalona.
Courtroom documents clearly show both ended up convicted of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to commit overall health treatment fraud, moreover a variety of other counts related to the exact same. Each ended up also convicted of conspiring to defraud the United States and obtaining kickbacks.
Each Murphys encounter a most of 20 years in prison for the drug prices, a greatest of 10 several years for the overall health care fraud costs and a greatest of 5 a long time for fees related to violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Jennifer Murphy was also convicted of tax-linked charges for underreporting clinic profits and could face up to three years in prison for those people prices.
Immediately after Mark Murphy closed the Alabama clinics he continued to do the job from his Tennessee observe in Lewisburg which was raided by FBI brokers in 2018 and was indicted in 2020 together with his wife and four other men and women.
Both of those are scheduled to be sentenced on June 30.
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