Lawrence Eppelbaum, 54, of Roswell, was given 50 months behind bars and fined $3.5 million for the scheme. He was indicted in June 2011 for allegedly bilking Medicare and the IRS of about $16 million over five years. He was convicted on 27 charges in June 2013.
“The defendant cheated both (the Medicare and tax) systems by illegally enticing his patients with gifts and then evading paying taxes on the substantial income he earned from treating those patients,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a news release. “His choice to practice fraud along with medicine has earned him substantial time in federal prison.”