Kyle Marcotte of Jacksonville Beach admitted to using rural hospitals in a scheme that kicked back more than $50 million in insurance reimbursements for urine tests.
The owner of a Florida substance abuse treatment center pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a pass-through billing scheme that used rural hospitals to launder millions of dollars, the Department of Justice said.
Kyle Ryan Marcotte, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and agreed to forfeit $10.2 million. His sentencing date has not been set, DOJ said.
According to DOJ, Marcotte, the owner of a substance abuse treatment facility in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. In 2015, Marcotte sent his patients' urine samples to a lab that retuned 40% of the insurance reimbursements to Marcotte.
The lab owner then arranged with the managers of Campbellton–Graceville Hospital and Regional General Hospital Williston in Florida to have the testing billed to private insurers through the rural hospitals at a better reimbursement under the hospitals' in-network contracts, DOJ said.
Attempts by HealthLeaders' to contact officials at Campbellton–Graceville Hospital and Regional General Hospital Williston for comment were not successful.
Marcotte also admitted that he brokered deals with other substance abuse treatment centers to have their urine tests billed through the two hospitals in exchange for Marcotte receiving 10% of the insurance reimbursements. The other rehab centers received 30% of the reimbursements, DOJ said.
The lab owner, who was not identified by DOJ, then acquired Chestatee Hospital, in Dahlonega, Georgia, and other rural hospitals, and Marcotte continued to supply samples from his rehab facility and brokered deals with other substance rehab facilities that used those hospitals, DOJ said.
The reimbursements were sent from the hospitals to the lab, which sent them to two companies Marcotte controlled, North Florida Labs and KTL Labs.
Marcotte used the reimbursements from KTL Labs to pay $50 million in kickbacks to at least 88 companies and people operating other rehab facilities who involved in the scheme. The total amount of money involved in the laundering scheme was $57.3 million, DOJ said.
John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders.
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Marcotte, the owner of a substance abuse treatment facility, sent his patients' urine samples to a lab that retuned 40% of the insurance reimbursements to Marcotte.
The lab owner then arranged with the managers of two rural hospitals in Florida to have the testing billed to private insurers at a better reimbursement under the hospitals' in-network contracts.
The scheme exapanded to include rural hospitals in Georgia, and more drug rehab centers, and laundered more than $57million in illicit reimbursements.