- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The estate of a West Texas doctor killed in a plane crash and a medical practice where he worked will repay the government nearly $3.3 million in a billing dispute.

Dr. Kenneth Michael Rice died last year when the small plane he was piloting crashed into a guy-wire attached to a TV tower near Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. The accident happened on a flight from Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Prosecutors on Monday announced Rice’s estate and UMC Physicians in Lubbock agreed to the settlement. Investigators alleged that Rice and the practice submitted false and inflated claims to Medicaid and Medicare.

The estate and UMCP cooperated with the investigation and did not acknowledge wrongdoing or liability.

Prosecutors say Rice worked for the practice from 2008 until his Feb. 4, 2015, death.


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