Jury convicts Texas doctor in $375M Medicare-Medicaid scheme

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

DALLAS (AP) — A jury has convicted a Dallas-area doctor of fraud for allegedly "selling his signature" to process almost $375 million in false Medicare and Medicaid claims.

A federal jury on Wednesday found Dr. Jacques (ZHAWK) Roy guilty of nine of 10 counts of defrauding a health care benefit program.

Roy owned Medistat Group Associates in the southern Dallas suburb of DeSoto.

Authorities say Roy and six co-defendants certified 11,000 Medicare beneficiaries through more than 500 home health providers between January 2006 and November 2011. Those numbers would have made Roy's Medicare practice the busiest in the country.

The fact that the alleged scheme went undetected for years before an investigation began raised questions about the federal system for detecting fraud by Medicare and Medicaid contractors.