Plano man pleads guilty to $1.7 million Medicare fraud scheme

PLANO, Texas — A local man pleaded guilty on Thursday to a fraudulent scheme aimed at obtaining approximately $1.7 million from Medicare, according to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Leigha Simonton.

55-year-old Damon Heath Roberts, of Plano, Texas, was charged in September 2023 and admitted to one count of conspiracy to solicit or receive kickbacks for referrals to a federal health care program. Roberts, who is the owner of JDS Labs, is set to be sentenced on March 28, 2024, and could face a maximum of five years in federal prison.

Court documents reveal that Roberts, along with medical providers and others with access to patient information, shared Medicare beneficiary information. This enabled JDS Labs to bill Medicare for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. In return for the patient information, Roberts paid a kickback based on the reimbursement from Medicare to the medical providers or other individuals involved.

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