Health Systems

Healthcare Exec Sentenced to 66 Months for Role in Forest Park Scheme

Dallas healthcare executive Andrew Hillman was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $3 million in restitution for playing a part in the Forest Park Medical Center and NextHealth fraud schemes.

Hillman plead guilty in October 2018 to being a part of a conspiracy to pay and receive bribes and kickbacks in the Forest Park scheme. Hillman admitted that he and his partner Semyon Narosov were paid $190,000 by Forest Park to refer patients to the facility or surgeons who operated there. The payments went through a shell entity and were done with phony invoices.

Hillman also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in the NextHealth scheme, where he said he and others laundered $450 million in fraudulent billing to government and private insurance through pharmacies, which paid illegal kickbacks to doctors and others to write prescriptions, self-funded patient copays, and misbranded drugs.

Hillman is one of 18 defendants that have been convicted for acts connected to the Forest Park scheme, and one of two in the NextHealth scheme. One of the two Forest Park defendants who was not convicted was represented by Tom Melsheimer, who was profiled in D CEO magazine last year.


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