Convicted Houston Doctor Sentenced to More than 5 Years Behind Bars

doc-thumbHOUSTON (March 13) – A Texas doctor who was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and six counts of false statements relating to health care matters was sentenced today to serve 63 months behind bars.
Ben Harris Echols, 63, of Houston, was convicted late last year of conspiring to commit health care fraud by falsifying plans of care for Medicare beneficiaries, including patients whom he did not treat, as part of a $17.3 million Medicare fraud scheme. Upon completion of his prison term, Echols was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution in the amount of $2,918,830.
According to evidence presented at trial, Echols signed plans of care for Medicare beneficiaries who were not under his care and about whose conditions he had no knowledge. In many instances, Echols signed plans of care even though other doctors were listed as the attending physician on the documents.
Echols was prosecuted by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, supervised by the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.
If you or someone you know is facing prosecution as a result of aggressive law enforcement activity in the area of Medicare or Medicaid fraud, call Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer Robert Malove, co-author of the noted treatise, White Collar Crime: Health Care Fraud (Thompson West 2012-2013 ed.)

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