“Jurors acquitted a Houston physician on three charges related to health care fraud on Tuesday but failed to reach a verdict on five others that alleged he was part of a scheme to bilk the nation’s Medicare program.
Dr. Ben Echols, 62, was accused of conspiring with two health care companies to commit fraud by approving 352 patients for unnecessary home heath care and submitting $5.2 million in bogus Medicare claims.
“I feel great to have gotten this far,” Echols’ defense attorney, Connie B. Williams, said after the split verdict. Echols, who had scheduled dialysis treatment for his diabetes, was not immediately available for comment.
After speaking to jurors, Williams said he believed the panel could not find enough evidence to connect Echols to the fraud or alleged fraud by two home health companies: Houston Compassionate Care and Family Healthcare Services.”
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Written by Elizabeth Ecker