A Billings anesthesiologist who was convicted of prescription drug fraud is facing new allegations of making false claims to receive payments through Medicaid, a program from which he had been barred.In a civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Billings on Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Dishong of Missoula said Cory Lee Pickens provided services to two dental providers, who paid him and then filed claims with Medicaid.Because of Pickens’ criminal conviction, federal law excluded him from participating in federal health care programs, like Medicaid, for at least five years.
Pickens was sentenced in 2011 to three years of federal probation for prescription drug fraud and fined $2,500. He admitted to filling prescriptions for narcotic painkillers from 2007 to 2009 to support an opiate addiction.The complaint seeks a judgment “equal to three times the actual value of the false or fraudulent claims” submitted to Medicaid plus a civil …
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Billings anesthesiologist facing false claims over Medicaid payments – Billings Gazette