Plea Hearing Set For W.Va. Doctor In Pill Scheme

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A former cardiology fellow at Marshall University's School of Medicine is expected to plead guilty to health care fraud charges.

A plea hearing for Dr. John Theodore tiano is scheduled Dec. 15 in U.S. district court in Charleston.

Tiano is charged in a federal information with conspiracy to misuse a registration number and aiding and abetting health care fraud.

He is accused of allowing a Mingo County clinic and its employees to use his name and medicare provider number to bill for services that he didn't personally provide.

The scheme defrauded more than $119,000 from medicare.

Tiano also is accused of allowing others to use his federal drug registration number to issue prescriptions to acquire controlled substances.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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