DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas doctor who wrongly allowed his signature to be copied by associates to order prescriptions has been sentenced to four years in prison for medical fraud.
Prosecutors in Dallas say Dr. Daniel K. Leong (LEE'-ohng) must also make $865,000 in restitution.
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the 59-year-old owner of South Dallas Community Medical Center. Leong in January pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud involving Medicare and Medicaid.
Investigators say Leong ordered unnecessary tests for patients in the reimbursement scam also involving prescription drugs and additional visits.
A physician's assistant, Cal Graves, used the pre-signed prescriptions and ordered medical tests without having the proper training. Graves pleaded guilty to conspiracy and in February was put on probation and ordered to repay nearly $295,000.