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Tulsa doctors charged in kickback scheme

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 13:30:55-04

TULSA — Multiple Tulsa-area doctors were charged in the U.S. District Court with violations of the federal anti-kickback statute and other offenses, said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

Shores said the men caused federal health care insurance programs to pay reimbursement costs for fraudulent and expensive compounding drug prescriptions written by recruited doctors in return for kickback payments.

Dr. Krishna Balarma Parchuri, 44, of Tulsa, is charged in a superseding Indictment along with Christopher R. Parks, 57, of Tulsa, Dr. Gary Robert Lee, 58, of Tulsa, and Dr. Jerry May Keepers, 65, of Kingwood, Texas, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Keepers and Parchuri are also charged with soliciting and receiving illegal bribes and kickback payments, Shores said. Parchuri is further charged with obstructing the criminal investigation into the health care offenses.

In addition, Daniel Richard Ferguson, 47, of Broken Arrow; John Richard Frohrip, 52, of Tulsa; and Kevin Ellis Partin, 49, of Bixby are charged with offering or paying health care kickbacks. On March 30, 2015, the men allegedly paid a physician a $15,000 check payment from an account controlled by Brookhaven Specialty Pharmacy, LLC, which constituted a kickback in return for the physician referring patients to Brookhaven for compounding prescriptions that would be reimbursed by the federal health care program Tricare.

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