An indictment filed by the United States claims a fire that destroyed a Texas orthopedist’s home was started to destroy evidence of a healthcare fraud scheme.
In October 2017, a fire destroyed the $1.6 million Fort Worth home of Mark Kuper, D.O. and his wife Melissa Kuper (Melissa). The fire spread from an outdoor fireplace where firefighters purportedly found charred and burned medical and billing records.
The fire occurred a year after a claim was brought against Dr. Kuper for violations of the False Claims Act and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act. Dr. Kuper owned Texas Center for Orthopedic and Spinal Disorders (TCOSD). TCOSD had two locations in Fort Worth and Weatherford.