Dr. Robert J. Williams pleaded guilty in federal court today to two counts of health care fraud. Authorities say Williams collected $975,000 from Medicare and Medicaid for group therapy, much of which was never performed. Many of the patients were deceased when the services were allegedly provided.
Managers of three nursing homes in Rome and Brunswick conspired to rip off Medicaid and Medicare for $30 million intended for patient care, federal prosecutors said today. Continuing food shortages were so severe that employees used their own money to buy groceries so patients could eat, investigators said. George and Rhonda Houser, the couple that ran the homes, allegedly diverted cash to buy Mercedes-Benz cars for themselves and a $1.3 home in Atlanta for Houser’s ex-wife. The homes were ordered closed in 2007.
Two Marietta chiropractors allegedly tried to scam insurers for $11 million by billing for physical therapy when they actually were providing massages and other services. Andrew Sokol, 41, and his wife, Julie Weisberg, 35, were arraigned on fraud charges today in federal court. The couple’s WellnessOne clinics allegedly drummed up business by waiving co-pays and giving patients gift cards, frozen turkeys, gift bags and catered lunches. All this resulted in “the patients being compensated … while paying nothing for the massages and chiropractic adjustments they received.”