A Dallas attorney and some of his family members are in federal custody after being charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $22 million from the Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP). According to the complaint, the attorney worked for Union Treatment Center from approximately February 2010 to May 2011. Union specialized in treating injured state and federal workers’ comp patients. The attorney’s wife also worked for Union and formed Best First Administration (BFA) Durable Medical Equipment (DME) of Austin, which became Union’s “in-house” DME provider. Union doctors referred patients to BFA and funds were deposited into BFA accounts after billing OWCP. Union soon fired the pair for illegal billing practices, but they managed to create an additional two similar schemes using various partners and family members in later years. OWCP billing records from January 2011 through April 9, 2015, indicate that 292 patient claim numbers were filled by at least one of the three fraudulent DME companies. Charges against the group also include mail fraud and theft of government funds in addition to health care fraud.
Read the full release from the DOJ Northern District of Texas here.