South Georgia doctor sentenced to 97 months in prison for health care fraud

A south Georgia doctor was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison after his conviction for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than $2.2 million.

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Douglas Moss, 56, of Valdosta, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson, the Valdosta Daily Times reported. Lawson imposed an additional three years of supervised release, the newspaper reported.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Shawn Tywon, 50, of Valdosta, who was a physician's assistant in Moss' office, was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of supervised release.

The men were ordered to pay $2,256,861.32 in restitution to Medicare and Georgia Medicaid, the Daily Times reported.

Moss and Tywon were accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid programs by submitting false claims for services they never provided at south Georgia nursing homes, the Daily Times reported.

Moss was convicted of one count of conspiracy and six counts of health care May, WALB reported.

According to court records, from January 2012 through December 2014, Moss, Tywon and "co-conspirators" submitted more than 31,000 claims for nursing home care to Medicare and Georgia Medicaid. Prosecutors contended both defendants knew many of the claims were either unnecessary or never rendered, the Daily Times reported.

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