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Tallahassee surgeon accused of federal fraud pleads guilty

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 16:24:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee surgeon Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson pleaded guilty Friday to federal fraud charges.

Dr. Moses de-Graft Johnson, a dual citizen of the United States and Ghana, pled guilty Friday to committing health care fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

deGraft-Johnson's guilty plea includes admitting getting paid at least $29 million for services he never performed, up charging for others adding up to 58 counts of healthcare fraud.

As part of the plea, he admitted to a consistent pattern of performing two invasive diagnostic angiography procedures, one on each leg. on hundreds of his patients, whether medically needed or not.

His sentencing date is set for April 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m.

deGraft-Johnson ran the Heart and Vascular Institute of North Florida. FBI agents raided his practice in February.

The conspiracy and health care fraud charges each have a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, and a maximum fine equal to twice the value of the loss to the health care benefit program. The aggravated identity theft charge has a mandatory sentence of two years of imprisonment, which must be consecutive to any other sentence, and a maximum fine of $250,000.