An Opelika doctor has been indicted for health care fraud after officials say she was selling misbranded birth control devices.
According to the six-count indictment, 38-year-old Yashica Robinson-White committed health care fraud by falsely billing claims to Medicaid for intrauterine devices.
According to U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, the IUD's were purchased by a company in New York, who received the product from outside the United States. Since the labeling was not in English, the products were considered misbranded.
Also the IUDs are treated as misbranded drugs under the law because they release the birth control drug levonorgestrel. Robinson-White also obtained them cheaper than a lawful IUD, according to Beck.
The indictment also alleges that from November 2010 through April 2012 Robinson-White billed Alabama Medicaid approximately $60,300 for the misbranded IUD's. She failed to disclose in the claims that she was utilizing cheaper misbranded IUD's, making all claims false.
"The Medicaid Program is designed to help those families and women in need," Beck said. "But when Medicaid pays for those services, it expects that the patients will receive legitimate, legal drugs and products. When a doctor uses unapproved drugs and products, the doctor interferes with the ability of the Alabama Medicaid Agency to deliver quality health care to the public. This office will continue to investigate and prosecute health care fraud of this kind aggressively and thoroughly."
Each count of the health care fraud scheme carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while the misbranding count carries a maximum punishment of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
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