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Ga. doctor found guilty in health care scheme

Health Care Fraud
Posted at 7:33 AM, Jun 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-25 03:49:53-04

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. Attorney's officials say a doctor has been found guilty of health care fraud, tax fraud and money laundering.

Officials said Monday that 54-year-old Lawrence Eppelbaum was convicted of influencing Medicare patients from across the country to visit his clinic.

Authorities say Eppelbaum used money he funneled to a purported charity that he controlled to fund their travel to Atlanta and Florida - where patients visited a hot spring.

Officials say Medicare doctors take a special oath to not interfere with a patient's ability to choose a doctor.

Authorities say Eppelbaum tried concealing his control over the charity by having parents of students at a local private school make tuition checks out to the charity. He then repaid the school for the amount of the tuition plus 25 percent interest.