Doctor Pleads Guilty to Billing Medicare and Medicaid for Counseling Sessions with Dead Patients

Dr. Williams Claimed $2 Million in Phony Health Treatments, Saying It Was Group Therapy

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 06, 2011
Northern District of Georgia(404) 581-6000

ATLANTA—ROBERT WILLIAMS, 72, of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal district court on two counts of health care fraud as part of a scheme to bill for group psychological therapy that WILLIAMS never provided.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “With so many elderly citizens and others who need specialized psychological care, this defendant ignored his duty as a doctor and became a billing machine who claimed to treat patients who were in fact dead. This blatant attempt to rip off the system took funds and care away from real live patients with real problems. Medicare and Medicaid need all the money they can get for legitimate patient care and this physician will get none of that money.