Friday, January 16, 2009

Texas Doctor Charged with Health Care Fraud Ordered to Remain Behind Bars

People literally put their lives in the hands of doctors and nurses every day. We make appointments with the local clinic or rush to the emergency room with pain or other concerns that require an expert medical opinion. And, we usually trust that our diagnosis comes from someone with a knowledgeable and honest background. Unfortunately, there are some doctors who take advantage of this important position for personal gain. One such doctor in Texas, Dr. Fabian Aurignac, now faces indictment on federal charges that could lead to serious jail time.

Aurignac was indicted back in October on twelve counts of health care fraud. He is accused of charging Medicaid for unnecessary procedures, charges for procedures he never performed and subjecting patients to unnecessary procedures. He was arrested by the FBI on December 1 while appearing before the Texas Medical Board in Austin for a hearing regarding the suspension of his medical license. He has remained in jail since that time, and faces a sentence of up to ten years in prison a maximum fine of $250,000 if convicted.

The good doctor, a specialist in cardiology, made his first appearance before
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos today in Austin hoping to be released pending his trial. The Texas Attorney General's Office has announced that Judge Ramos did not see it Aurignac's way and he will remain behind bars. As the case moves forward, the prosecution is being handled jointly by the Texas Attorney General's Office, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

With an office in our state's capitol, the attorneys at Bertolino LLP are experienced with the issues that come before the medical board. If you are a doctor or nurse who has been accused of medical wrongdoing, we can help. Please contact our Austin office today to share your concerns and learn how we can help.

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