Verdict handed down for Valdosta doctor accused of fraud

Verdict handed down for Valdosta doctor accused of fraud

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - After a seven-day trial, a verdict was handed down Tuesday for a Valdosta doctor accused of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare.

Douglas Moss, 58, was found guilty on all counts, according to the district attorney’s office.

Moss was facing one count of conspiracy and six counts of health care fraud.

Moss faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count.

The sentencing date is scheduled for August 14 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Lawson.

During the trial, Moss said he had a co-conspirator, Shawn Tywon, who worked as a physician’s assistant in Moss’ practice was also indicted in this case.

Tywon entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in April. His sentencing is scheduled for July.

According to the testimony and evidence, Moss defrauded the U.S. government out of more than $2.5 million by falsifying Medicare and Medicaid claims, by either billing for services he actually did not perform, or by utilizing Tywon to render services that were billed as if Moss had performed them himself.

Evidence showed that Moss routinely did not render the services he billed under his name, and even visited casinos during at least two periods of time when he submitted bills for services in Valdosta when he was actually in Las Vegas.

“Over a period of four years, Dr. Moss stole in excess of $2.5 million by fraudulently billing the U.S. Government for work he claimed to personally perform at the four nursing homes in Valdosta. The jury’s verdict makes it clear that the citizens of our district will not stand for defrauding the government. I want to thank our law enforcement partners for their hard work."
Charles "Charlie" Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia

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