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Doc convicted of perjury in Orthofix investigation

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:30am
Mass Device

A Virginia podiatrist is convicted of lying to a grand jury about her involvement in a scheme to defraud Medicare by collecting reimbursement for procedures using Orthofix's bone growth stimulator.

Virginia podiatrist Ilene Terrell was convicted today of lying in a federal probe of Orthofix International (NSDQ:OFIX) and its bone-growth stimulators. Terrell copped to 4 counts of making a false declaration to a grand jury, according to the office of the U.S. district attorney for Masschusetts.

Terrell faces up to 5 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each count, according to a press release.

Federal investigators accused Terrell of falsifying patient medical records in order to justify Medicare reimbursement for procedures using the Orthofix stimulators. Terrell denied her involvement in or awareness of any tampering during her testimony before a grand jury, according to a statement from the office of the DA, Carmen Ortiz.

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