Forest Park hospital co-founder sentenced in $200 million Dallas-Fort Worth fraud case

An anesthesiologist and one of the founding members of the defunct Forest Park Medical Center has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for his role in a $200 million bribery scam that forced the closing of the chain of doctor-owned luxury hospitals in North Texas.

Richard Ferdinand Toussaint Jr., who is already serving a 41-month federal sentence for a separate health care fraud conviction, was sentenced to 66 months on Monday for conspiring to steer lucrative patients — particularly those with high-reimbursing, out-of-network private insurance — to the now defunct hospital by paying surgeons for referrals, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Toussaint, 62, of Dallas, had pleaded guilty in March 2018 to charges of conspiracy to pay health care bribes and kickbacks and illegal remuneration under the Travel Act.

Source: Forest Park hospital co-founder sentenced in $200 million Dallas-Fort Worth fraud case / Forth Worth Star-Telegram

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