HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Mississippi-based nurse practitioner was charged in an indictment for her role in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud TRICARE, the heath care benefit program serving the U.S. military, veterans and their respective family members.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Susan Perry, 58, of Grand Bay, Alabama, and Albert Diaz M.D., 78, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, were charged in separate indictments returned on Oct. 18, in the Southern District of Mississippi, in Hattiesburg. Perry's indictment was unsealed on Tuesday when she was arrested and appeared in court.
Perry is charged in a 13-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to distribute and dispense a controlled substance, one count of distributing and dispensing of a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to solicit and receive healthcare kickbacks, four counts of soliciting and receiving healthcare kickbacks and one count of making false statements.
The indictment alleges that both Perry and Diaz participated in schemes to defraud TRICARE by prescribing medically unnecessary compound medications, some of which were controlled substances, to individuals they had not examined, for the purpose of a Hattiesburg-based compounding pharmacy to dispense the medications and to seek reimbursement from TRICARE. According to the indictment, TRICARE reimbursed more than $3.3 million prescribed by Perry, and she allegedly recieved $50,000 in kickbacks.