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Texas chiropractor has clean record despite Medicaid fraud conviction

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Tina Collins is still listed by the board as an active licensed chiropractor, although the board's website notes that in 1997 her license was suspended for 90 days. 

Last October, Collins pleaded guilty to a multi-million-dollar health fraud involving her Houston clinic. Friday, she was sentenced to federal prison. Seems that Collins, aka Justina Okehie, paid recruiters to find Medicare and Medicaid patients to send to her clinic, and then paid the patients to get them to show up. In three years' time, Collins collected about $8.5 million with the scheme, the government reports.

In a separate scheme, a Houston-area physician is also accused of paying patient recruiters and patients and billing Medicaid for unnecessary testing and treatments to the tune of $19.4 million. Dr. Donald Gibson II has been indicted for the scheme, which prosecutors said continued from 2007 to early this year.

Texas Medical Board records show that his license was revoked in November. But the board for years knew of problems. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 it ordered him to comply with orders to stop writing prescriptions for controlled substances and to take classes on medical ethics. -   Lois Norder





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