Georgia telemedicine operator charged in $60M fraud scheme: 3 details

The operator of two Georgia-based telemedicine companies has been charged in a $60 million fraud scheme.

Three things to know:

1. Charlene Frame, who operates Royal Physician Network and Envision It Perfect, is accused of conspiring to pay physicians and nurses in exchange for durable medical equipment orders. The charges against Ms. Frame are the latest in a slew of telemedicine-related fraud cases. Eight physicians, two nurse practitioners and two other telemedicine company operators were previously charged, along with durable equipment company owners.

2. Ms. Frame is the 23rd person charged in the fraud operation, and the financial total for thousands of orders facilitated through her two companies exceeds $60 million. There have been about $470 million in fraud charges in the Southern District of Georgia, part of a national U.S. Justice Department crackdown.

3. The investigation is ongoing.

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