ABINGDON, Va. – A Bristol, Tennessee man was sentenced today to three months of home confinement for conspiring with another man to pay and receive kickbacks. In addition to home confinement, he will pay $56,000 in monetary penalties and will be permanently excluded from participating in federal healthcare programs.
According to court documents, John Paul Linke, 58, conspired to receive and pay kickbacks to encourage urine drug screen testing performed by a lab in Florida. Some of the testing referred to the lab was paid for by Medicare, Virginia Medicaid, and TennCare. Co-conspirator Michael Olshavasky, of Miami, Florida, will be sentenced on September 22, 2021.
“The defendant’s diversion of critical federal and state funds that were needed to target the opioid crisis for his own greed is unconscionable,” Acting U.S. Attorney Bubar stated today. “We will continue to prioritize prosecuting health care fraud cases, and that we will continue to work closely with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, and our other critical federal and state partners, to bring such providers to justice.”