Houston area residents charged in health care fraud scheme involving local pharmacies, pain clinic: DOJ

HOUSTON – Five men accused in a health care fraud scheme involving local pharmacies and a pain clinic are set to make their appearances in Houston federal court, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced Monday.

Charles Willis, 57, appeared for his arraignment on the federal indictment. Henry Gonzales, 48, is charged with related criminal information and is expected to make his initial appearance Tuesday.

Four others are charged in the six-count indictment returned on April 27 along with Willis. Tronown Thomas, 44, Spring, Willie McDonald, 69, Humble, Ronald Kwan, 60, Missouri City, and Valdi Tatan, 37, Richmond, have all already made their appearances in Houston federal court.

Gonzales owned Option 1 Pain & Rehab Clinic (formerly Direct Medical Clinic) in Houston as well as Farmacia, a pharmacy located in Houston, according to the charges.

According to the indictment, Thomas was the owner of Rayford ACP Pharmacy, Willis worked as a doctor at Option 1 and Tatan and Kwan were pharmacists for Farmacia.

Source: Houston area residents charged in health care fraud scheme involving local pharmacies, pain clinic: DOJ / Click2Houston.com

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