Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Somebody Needs To Take Advice From Kenny Rogers

A doctor in Texas has been charged with the largest Medicare fraud scheme in history. Jacques Roy, MD of Medistat Group Associates in DeSoto, TX has been arrested for alleged bilking the government program $375 million over a five year span. He was charged with taking money for services that were never rendered.

The doctor and his collaborators would go door to door and offer people cash or food stamps to sign a form stating the doctor had treated them. They sometimes went as far as seeking out homeless people to get their signatures. Brazen doesn't even come close to describing this enterprise.

My question to Dr. Roy is, why $375 million? If you planned to steal money from the government, why not stop at, say, $1 million a year. Or maybe evern $5 million. In a federal Medicare budget of over $500 billion, $70 million per year may not sound like much but it will definitely start raising red, hurricane warning flags to the auditors. Couldn't he have been happy with $5 million and thereby snuck under the radar for what could have been years of a lavish champagne dream lifestyle.

As Kenny Rogers sang in "The Gambler"
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.

Dr. Roy won't be running anywhere for a long time.

1 comment:

  1. Went to school in Quebec with the young man. Great family, good looks, awesome grades, talented at everything. Part of the issue was that life was always too easy for him. Must have thought he was invincible.