On September 26, 2017, a former Tenet Healthcare Corporation Hospital CEO, Bill Moore, along with an owner and operator of an Atlanta-based chain of pre-natal clinics, Edmundo Cota, were charged for orchestrating a fraud and bribery scheme that caused Tenet to bill Georgia and South Carolina Medicaid Programs for over $400 million.  Moore was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive health care bribes, two counts of wire fraud, one count of falsifying books and records, and one count of major fraud against the U.S.; Cota was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive health care bribes, three counts of receiving health care bribes, and three counts of wire fraud.  A third defendant, John Holland, who was a regional senior vice president of operations for Tenet, was charged in January 2017 for his role in the scheme.  Prosecutors allege that between 2000 and 2013, Holland, Moore, and Cota engaged in a scheme through which briber were paid in exchange for patient referrals to Tenet hospitals, earning Tenet $149 million in Medicaid and Medicare funds resulting from the illicit patient referrals.  U.S. v. Holland et al., 1:17-cr-00234 (N.D. Ga.).

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