9th physician pleads guilty in $56M Medicare fraud scheme

Winston Murray, MD, of Hammond, La., has pleaded guilty to federal healthcare charges for his involvement in a $56 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice.

Dr. Murray admitted he wrote false home health certifications that were used in the Medicare fraud scheme. He also admitted the false referrals were used by several home healthcare companies to fraudulently bill Medicare. From 2007 to 2014, the home healthcare companies involved in the scheme submitted more than $56 million in claims to Medicare, "a vast majority of which were fraudulent," according to the DOJ.

Dr. Murray pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and two counts of healthcare fraud. He is the ninth physician to plead guilty in this case.

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