Baton Rouge, LA (WorkersCompensation.com) – Federal authorities announced a 71-year-old doctor will serve 18 months in federal prison for his part in a fraud scheme that netted his practice more than $340,000 in workers’ compensation payments.
Dr. Marvin Clifton, of Baton Rouge, was sentenced in federal court after his conviction for making false statements relating to health care matters. U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson also sentenced Clifton to two years of supervised release and order to pay a $50,000 fine.
Clifton was a licensed physician providing physical therapy for those receiving benefits from the US Office of Workers’ Compensation Program. According to United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin the U.S. Attorney for Louisiana, Clifton began billing the Workers’ Compensation Program for services he did not provide. In some cases, the services were provided on days Clifton’s practice was closed, and in some cases the sessions were billed for longer than had actually been provided.
An investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General found that Clifton submitted more than $500,000 falsified bills, from which he was paid approximately $340,342.58, Fremin said.
“The sentence obtained today has been the culmination of a thorough investigation completed by our agents revealing abuse by medical professionals of Federal benefits programs for personal gain,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave, of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Southern Area Field Office said in a statement. “The USPS-OIG, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to vigorously investigate these types of cases in order to deter and stop these fraud schemes.”