HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Susan Perry, a Mississippi-based nurse practitioner, who was charged in a 13-count healthcare fraud indictment was set to appear in court on April 16. However, lawyers on her behalf filed a motion on March 19 for a continuance in her trial based on the following:
The motion goes on to list five reasons for a continuance including discrepancies based on patient records compared to documents from the government, prior continuances, obtaining undersigned attorneys, seeking additional time to rebut the government's experts and the complex nature of the case.
Perry's motion was granted on March 20. Her new trial date is scheduled for June 25 in Hattiesburg at the William M. Colmer Federal Building with U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett presiding.
The order states that "discovery in this case is voluminous and defense counsel will need additional time to review said discovery and prepare for trial" as the reason why the courts are unopposed to granting the motion request.
The indictment states that TRICARE reimbursed more than $3.3 million in compounded medications prescribed by Perry and she allegedly received $50,000 in kickbacks.
Albert Diaz, a Biloxi-based physician was found guilty of his role in the same scheme last month. He was indicted on 16 charges including one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to distribute and dispense a controlled substance, four counts of distributing and dispensing of a controlled substance, one count of conspiracy to falsify records in a federal investigation and five counts of falsification of records in a federal investigation. Diaz has filed a motion for a retrial, but the judge has not rendered a decision. His sentencing is set for May 22.