SAN ANTONIO -- Dr. Herbert Robinson needed help getting down the steps of the federal courthouse Thursday.
With cane in hand, the 81-year-old San Antonio physician kept his head high during day two of his federal Medicare fraud trial, even as his attorney called the government's case against Robinson "disappointing."
"We've got an old guy who's served a lot of people these years and it's just sad to see what they're doing," attorney Mike McCrum said.
The 31-count indictment against Robinson, filed in 2011, claims the longtime physician falsely billed state and federal Medicare and Medicaid programs for more than $100,000 in services that never took place.
In some cases, Robinson is accused of billing the programs for services given to patients who were no longer alive.
"Dr. Robinson's from the old school and did it the old way. He trusted people and people running his administrative staff, it was just a mess," said McCrum.
Robinson faces 27 counts of health care fraud, three counts of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
McCrum said at least one of the charges carries a mandatory two-year sentence.
"Its extremely tough on him, physically, emotionally, mentally. He's given decades of service to his neighborhood," added McCrum