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Former patients still in shock after news of Tallahassee surgeon's arrest for healthcare fraud

Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 18:25:25-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — While a Tallahassee surgeon sits in jail, his patients are torn over the fraud claims against him.

Prosecutors say Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson is accused of getting paid at least $23 million for services he never performed and upcharging for others.

ABC 27 spoke to a woman who doesn't believe the claims against him. On the other hand, one woman believes she might actually have proof that things just weren't right.

What was once a bustling doctor's office in Tallahassee is now closed.

"It bothers me," said Sarah Rhoderick, a former patient of Dr. deGraft-Johnson. "That's why I called them this morning to see if anybody would answer."

Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson runs the Heart and Vascular Institute of North FLorida.

FBI agents raided his practice last week and charged deGraft Johnson with 57 counts of healthcare fraud.

Investigators say he upcharged for services and billed insurance companies and the government for work he never did.

"I've cried about this several times. He is a great doctor," said Rhoderick. "He really is."

News of deGraft-Johnson's arrest was devastating for Sandra Rhoderick.

She's been patient of his for four years with an important follow-up appointment and procedure planned for this week.

"I want to hear him tell me where we go from here," Rhoderick said. "He's supposed to do that Wednesday morning and now I don't know what's going to happen."

Rhoderick even referred her roommate to Dr. deGraft Johnson.

"She started going through her stuff and found things that she didn't think was right," said Rhoderick.

Jeanine Gregory says she never looked over her insurance bills until news of the doctor's arrest.

"I guess I was one of the unlucky ones as I am seeing two procedures that I am being charged for that did not happen and one visit possibly two that I did not attend," said Gregory.

Despite what Gregory believes is proof of wrongdoing, Rhoderick is not ready to give up on the doctor just yet.

"I just feel like we don't know all of the answers," said Rhoderick. "I'm not going to condemn him. I'm no judge and jury."

Dr. deGraft Johnson's case will go to trial on March 23. The business manager of the Heart and Vascular Institute of North Florida, Kimberly Austin, has also been indicted.