Alabama medical testing company owner sentenced to prison for fraud

A medical testing company owner was sentenced to 80 months in prison and ordered to more than $9.1 million in restitution for his role in a healthcare fraud scheme. 

John Hornbuckle, 53, of New Hope, Ala., was the owner of QBR, which billed insurers millions for electrodiagnostic testing regardless of medical necessity, according to a March 13 Justice Department news release. Insurers paid more than $9 million for the unnecessary testing QBR paid physicians to order. 

Mr. Hornbuckle's case is related to several others that have resulted in convictions, according to the release. Tennessee physician Mark Murphy, MD, and his wife, Jennifer Murphy, were sentenced to 20 years in prison each for conspiracy to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.

Marketer Brian Bowman, 41, of Gadsden, Ala., pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud conspiracy, according to the release. Sales representative James Ray, 52, of Gadsden, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud and kickpack conspiracy. 

Sales representative John Robson, 40, of Trussville, was indicted in February on healthcare fraud conspiracy, kickback conspiracy and kickback charges, according to the release.

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