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Doctor, former office manager charged in Medicaid kickback scheme

Medicaid kickback scheme worth more than $590,000
Doctor, others charged with Medicare fraud

Dr. Richard Ng, 54, others charged in Medicaid fraud case

Franey Medical Lab's Mashpee office former manager Renee Andrews, 43, charged as a part of scheme

Indictments of two former Brighton drug abuse clinic officials were announced Friday, with one accused of a Medicaid kickback scheme worth more than $590,000 and the other charged will illegally prescribing a drug used to treat opiate addiction and collecting illegal fees from patients.

48 indictments in all were returned by a grand jury against four defendants

According to Attorney General Martha Coakley office, 48 indictments in all were returned by a grand jury against four defendants after an investigation by her Medicaid fraud division.

Dr. Richard Ng, 54, of Milton, ran the clinic between 2006 and 2008 and was charged with 11 counts of illegal prescribing, nine counts of Medicaid false claims and seven counts of Medicaid excess charges.

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Richard Ng is Excellent. Dr. Ng has been reviewed by 5 patients who have provided 1 comments. The rating is 4 out of 4 stars. Dr. Richard Ng, MD, who graduated from Tufts University, is board certified in Internal Medicine.

According to Coakley's office, Ng grew his practice until he was treating more patients than legally permitted, and boosted his annual earnings to more than $575,000 in salary and bonuses. To maintain the large practice, he allegedly knowingly prescribed Suboxone which is used to treat opiate addiction, to nine of his patients who according to their urine drug screens were not taking the drug and continued to use illegal street drugs, including heroin, methadone and other opiates.

Ng also allegedly wrote Suboxone prescriptions in false patient names and illegally charged MassHealth patients a $100 "new patient registration fee" that was paid by cash or check to him directly.

Renee Andrews, 43, of Hudson, N.H., was charged with in connection with the Medicaid kickback scheme, with authorities alleging that Ng's former office manager allegedly offered and entered into kickback arrangements Franey Medical Lab Inc. on Cape Cod and East Side Clinical Laboratory in East Providence, R.I.

Company not part of scheme

Franey's web site says the Cape location is at 52 Mercantile Way in Mashpee.

The company, not charged in any way, describes itself as Specializing in Drugs of Abuse Testing. Franey Medical Lab has been in business since January of 1979, performing as a full function laboratory service

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