Physician imposter treats patients in Michigan, helps steal $6.2M from Medicare

Cecil Alexander Kent Jr. of Eastlake, Ohio, pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare of approximately $6.2 million while he posed as a licensed physician, according to the Department of Justice.

Mr. Kent, 58, pleaded guilty in Michigan federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, two counts of healthcare fraud and five counts of making false statements relating to healthcare matters.

While he was employed at Detroit-based B&M Visiting Doctors, Mr. Kent admitted he saw patients and falsified patient records under the name of a licensed physician. He also admitted he wrote prescriptions for controlled substances using the Drug Enforcement Administration number of a licensed physician.

Mr. Kent's sentencing is scheduled for August 16.

Charles McRae, part owner of B&M, and Alvin Williams, both of Detroit, were charged in the same incident. They pleaded guilty for their participation in the fraud scheme and will be sentenced in July.

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