- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - Two North Texas men have been denied bond on charges related to health care fraud that prosecutors say cost a U.S. Defense Department agency $65 million.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1UAAu14 ) reports U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan ruled Tuesday that no conditions would ensure that 44-year-old Richard Robert Cesario and 47-year-old John Paul Cooper would appear in court as required.

Both were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, receipt of illegal remuneration and payment of illegal remuneration. Prosecutors say they targeted the Defense Department’s health system for military beneficiaries.

An indictment says the men opened a Dallas company in 2014 that marketed compounded pain and scar creams. Neither man has medical licensing or medical education.

Prosecutors say the company ceased operations in mid-2015 and the alleged kickbacks scheme ran until last month.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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