An Alabama lawmaker has been indicted on federal charges that he paid kickbacks to a doctor's office that referred Medicare patients to his health care business.
The indictment against Republican state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle was unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery. He is charged with six counts of paying illegal kickbacks and other federal crimes.
News outlets report the charges involve a company called MyPractice24. Henry was an owner of the company from 2015 through 2017. Prosecutors released a statement saying Henry paid kickbacks to a Montgomery physician's office that referred patients to Henry's company for chronic care management. Prosecutors say the doctor's office would then share Medicare reimbursements with Henry's company.
Henry's attorney, Max Pulliam, told The Associated Press that Henry's company provided legitimate services that improved patients' health and “actually saved the taxpayers money."