Former Internal Revenue Service Employee Gets 20 Months In Prison For Health Care Fraud


U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced Wednesday a former IRS employee was sentenced to 20 months in prison for federal health care fraud related to misuse of government health insurance benefits.

Judge And JurySixty-nine-year-old Ronald Lewis Hooper misused his government health benefits to obtain “opiate drugs” such as Phenergan and Nubian at several emergency departments. After Hooper’s physician reduced the number of injections he would project, he began seeking opiate drugs at emergency departments through Virginia, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and West Virginia, according to court documents.

Hooper received health care services at emergency rooms and hospitals on about 1,700 occasions, incurring over $824,000 in fraudulent payments.

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