Brown also pleaded guilty to wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information, a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Prosecutors said Brown tried to sell a spreadsheet containing healthcare information on the people he had treated to an undercover FBI agent, who Brown thought was a potential investor in a business Brown was starting. The HIPAA charge also carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, prosecutors said.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 22.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta has tried to notify the people treated by Brown, but federal prosecutors said they don't believe that any of them were harmed. Brown bought the needles and allergy shots he used from a retail pharmacy. There is no evidence that he ever used unsterile needles.
"The reckless conduct displayed by the defendant not only displayed a total disregard for the patients that he was improperly and illegally treating, but also for those individuals who could have legitimately benefitted from the federal Medicaid/Medicare funds," Brian D. Lamkin, special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, said in a media release.