- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A West Texas psychiatrist has been charged with 52 counts of health care billing fraud mainly involving nursing home residents or patients who died.

Dr. Robert Hadley Gross of San Angelo faced a court appearance Thursday in Abilene.

Federal prosecutors in Lubbock say Gross was arrested Wednesday at his office on charges that he defrauded Medicare and Medicaid of more than $1.7 million.

The indictment alleges Gross since 2009 filed claims for services not rendered, used wrong billing codes to inflate payment amounts or sought payment for services allegedly provided after patients had died.

Prosecutors say Gross also provided services to mental health and mental retardation groups in San Angelo, Midland and Abilene, plus for foster children in Brownwood.

A message left with the psychiatrist’s office Thursday wasn’t immediately returned.

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