An Atlanta doctor convicted of Medicaid fraud must repay $300,000 he stole from the state, the Attorney General’s Office said Monday.
In July, Nathaniel Johnson pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine, The AJC previously reported. Johnson, owner and operator of Regency Professional Health Services for Women, was given a 10-year prison sentence, with the first six months to be served in the Fulton County Jail.
In addition, Johnson was ordered to surrender his medical license and to repay the stolen money.
At the restitution hearing late last month, medical professionals and state investigators presented evidence that Johnson stole more than $300,000 from the state Medicaid program, Attorney General Sam Olens’ office said. A state auditor testified that in some categories of billing, 100 percent of Johnson’s claims were fraudulent, according to Olens.
During Johnson’s trial, witnesses testified that he fraudulently double-charged for services rendered during pregnancies, overbilled for claims such as office visits, and failed to produce any documentation that some services were actually performed.
A review of Johnson’s bank account revealed that he spent money he had received from Medicaid to build other personal enterprises, such as Tulut Entertainment and a cosmetic surgery center, Royal Cosmetics, Olens’ office previously said.
Johnson also employed Jeff Romeus, a recent graduate of the American International School of Medicine in Guyana, as a doctor, though Romeus did not have a license to practice medicine.
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