Dr. Jacques Roy is facing serious charges for Medicaid fraud and his trial has finally begun in Dallas. The former doctor has been in custody since his arrest in 2012, charged with multiple counts of Medicaid fraud, billing the federal agency for $375 million in home health care services that authorities claim were never provided.
Dr. Roy initially had his medical license suspended and was struggling to find work and then decided to craft an incredible scheme to bilk Medicaid of millions, as well as an elaborate plan to flee the country, according to prosecutors.
According to Dr. Roy’s legal team, the doctor has been painted in an unfair light because the federal government couldn’t see how a doctor would be willing to visit so many undeserved and poor patients, up to 10 to 14 per day. Taking on a workload of 11,000 patients is simply not possible, say the prosecutors in this case. The defense stated that their client is one of the hardest working doctors in the country.
Six other people were arrested with regard to this scheme and three have already pleaded guilty and will testify in this trial. Prosecutors are expected to call nearly 70 witnesses during the trial.
Dr. Roy faces life in prison and is currently being held without bail because of several items found during a search of his home at the time of his arrest. He has also allegedly been moving money to offshore banks.
As written by Kevin Krause in the article, Federal trial begins for ex-Rockwall doc accused of massive home health care fraud, published by The Dallas Morning News:
“When agents searched his home in 2011, they found a book titled Hide You’re A$$ET$ and Disappear, A Step-by-Step Guide to Vanishing Without a Trace as well as other publications about hiding money in offshore bank accounts. Agents also found two different fake identities with Roy’s photo along with passport documents from Canada, where he was born.”
During the period of January 2006 to November, 2011, Dr. Roy’s DeSoto Medistat office managed home health care visits for more people than any other physician’s office throughout the entire country, according to prosecutors. It’s even alleged that Dr. Roy set up a forgery scheme so that other people were signing Medicaid billing forms, even when Dr. Roy and his family were out of the country.
When investigators began looking into these claims, it’s alleged that some were working on their cars and while they aren’t meant to be confined to their homes, being able to perform such duties often precludes them from receiving Medicaid based services.
The trial is expected to last about one month.
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