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North Canton man indicted for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid out $2 million

The Mississippi Department of Human Services says its investigators uncovered thousands of...
The Mississippi Department of Human Services says its investigators uncovered thousands of dollars in fraud recently.(WOIO)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2019 at 3:43 PM EDT
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NORTH CANTON, Ohio (WOIO) - A North Canton man was indicted for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of about $2 million by billing for X-ray services that were not provided to patients by his company, Portable Radiology Services.

Thomas G. O’Lear, 55, was charged with 25 counts of healthcare fraud and one count of false statements regarding healthcare.

O’Lear was the president of Portable Radiology Services that provided portable X-ray services to those in nursing homes and other care facilities.

According to the indictment, O’Lear billed Medicaid and Medicare for X-ray services that his company did not provide, including billing on more than 150 occasions for having provided X-rays to deceased patients on dates that were after the patients had passed away.

The X-ray falsifications occurred approximately from January 2013 through December 2017.

O’Lear allegedly attempted to cover up the fraud scheme by forging the signatures of medical professionals to falsely make it appear X-rays were provided for patients.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brendan D. O’Shea and Mark S. Bennett, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Office of the Inspector General, the FBI, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan L. Metzler and Special Agent Jeremy Buening of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

This is a continuing story. Stay with 19 News for upcoming trial dates.

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