Home » NEWS » Health » Physician pleads guilty to writing fake prescriptions; to repay $1.6M

Physician pleads guilty to writing fake prescriptions; to repay $1.6M

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi physician who wrote fake prescriptions that helped defraud Medicare of more than $5 million lost her medical license and has been ordered in Baton Rouge, La., federal court to repay the insurer $1.6 million.

Dr. Jo A. Francis, of Natchez, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. She appeared in a wheelchair before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady and apologized for her crimes.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports sentencing guidelines called for a prison term ranging from 70 months to 87 months for Francis, but her attorneys told the judge the former physician is recovering from a stroke she suffered in May 2011.

The attorneys also said Francis suffers from diabetes and chronic renal failure.

Prosecutors told Brady that Francis cooperated with investigators.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Megan Wright

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*