Doctor Convicted after Sham Home Health Visits
Dr. Henry Geoffrey Watson was convicted of charges that included accepting kickbacks for patient referrals to home health agencies, health care fraud, and false statements relating to a health care matter. The evidence at trial proved that Watson and employees of Amity and its CEO, Amanda Singh, conspired to pay Watson regular and recurring amounts, sometimes in the form of cash payments of $3,000 a month, and that he accepted kickback payments from an undercover FBI agent posing as a home health agency representative. Watson and co-conspirators also arranged for him to briefly meet large numbers of unwitting elderly residents of retirement homes. After these meetings, held in common areas or recreation rooms, Watson certified that each resident he met was homebound, meaning they had a normal inability to leave the home. In fact, Watson knew that the patients were not homebound and did not need the services he prescribed. Read a story from CBS and a Department of Justice press release.