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Georgia Doctor Found Guilty In Health Care Scheme

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- U.S. Attorney's officials say a doctor has been found guilty of health care fraud, tax fraud and money laundering.

Officials said Monday that 54-year-old Lawrence Eppelbaum was convicted of influencing Medicare patients from across the country to visit his clinic.

Authorities say Eppelbaum used money he funneled to a purported charity that he controlled to fund their travel to Atlanta and Florida -- where patients visited a hot spring.

Officials say Medicare doctors take a special oath to not interfere with a patient's ability to choose a doctor.

Authorities say Eppelbaum tried concealing his control over the charity by having parents of students at a local private school make tuition checks out to the charity. He then repaid the school for the amount of the tuition plus 25 percent interest.


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