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Medicare fraud charges pile up for man who purchased doctor's practice

BROOKSVILLE — After a local psychiatrist sold his practice and medical records, authorities say, the buyer used patient information to file more than 70 fraudulent billing transactions with Medicare.

In mid September, a sheriff's report says, Dr. Leo Yason and his wife, Susan, sold the business at 12200 Cortez Blvd. to Kesmond L. Wilson, who said he represented Wilson Group Billing Claims Health Care Management. Wilson, of Lake Wales, wrote the doctor a check for $7,488, but when Yason tried to cash it, the check bounced.

The doctor, authorities said, then began to suspect Wilson Group was a fraudulent organization.

Soon after the sale, a representative from a company that had provided billing software to Yason emailed Susan Yason. The person said he had met with Wilson and was told to no longer contact Susan Yason.

Wilson, 32, changed the locks on the business mailboxes, preventing her from retrieving payments, investigators say. They say Wilson quit paying vendors, and he also removed the sample medicines that pharmaceutical representatives had given to the doctor, including some controlled substances.

Hernando Sheriff's Office detectives say they later learned that Wilson and his sister, Kenyatta Wilson, downloaded the doctor's patient records to Wilson's laptop; he eventually filed at least 74 billing transactions with Medicare. Yason had not seen any of those patients, and one was actually dead.

Earlier this month, investigators obtained a warrant for Wilson's arrest on 74 counts of criminal use of personal identification information and 74 counts of uttering forged instruments. His bail was set at $222,000.

Wilson is also on felony probation in Lake County. On Nov. 2, authorities found him hiding in his attic. He was being held Tuesday at the Polk County Jail on a violation of probation charge and will eventually be extradited to Hernando.

The investigation is ongoing, and deputies say Wilson may face additional charges. His sister is wanted for questioning.

John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or jcox@sptimes.com.

Medicare fraud charges pile up for man who purchased doctor's practice 11/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 8:15pm]
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