Doctor, 78 Home Health Agencies Charged in Record $375 Million Fraud

A Dallas doctor, his office manager and the owners of five home health agencies were arrested and charged this week for their roles in a $375 million health care fraud scheme—the largest fraud amount in the history of Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations.

Also announced was the suspension of an additional 78 home health agencies with which the defendant is associated based on the fraud allegations.

The charges were brought upon the doctor, Jacques Roy, 53, of Rockwell, Texas; as well as Cynthia Stiger, 49, of Dallas; Wilbert James Veasey Jr., 60, of Dallas; Cyprian Akamnonu, 63, of Cedar Hill, Texas; Patricia Akamnonu, RN, 48, of Cedar Hill; Teri Sivils, 44, of Midlothian, Texas; and Charity Eleda, RN, 51, of Rowlett, Texas, each with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Additionally, Roy is charged with nine counts of substantive health care fraud. Veasey, Patricia Akamnonu and Eleda are each charged with three counts of health care fraud. Eleda also is charged with three counts of making false statements related to a Medicare claim, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“The conduct charged in this indictment represents the single largest fraud amount orchestrated by one doctor in the history of HEAT and our Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations,” said Deputy Attorney General Cole. “Thanks to the historic partnerships we’ve built to combat health care fraud, we are sending a clear message: If you victimize American taxpayers, we will track you down and prosecute you.”

Dr. Roy was the owner and operator of Dallas-based Medistat Group Associates P.A., an association of health care providers offering home health services, through which he allegedly certified or directed the certification of more than 11,000 individual patients from more than 500 home health agencies for home health services during the past five years.

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