Doctors Sentenced for Urine Drug Testing Scheme

Urine Tests

The owner and the medical director of a pain clinic were sentenced for their respective roles in a scheme that defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance companies of over $4 million for medically unnecessary urine drug testing. Dr. William Lawrence Siefert, the medical director, was sentenced to one year and six months in prison and ordered to pay almost $2 million in restitution. Dr. Timothy Ehn, the owner, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3.7 million in restitution. They continued in their scheme even as their expensive drug testing machine malfunctioned because it was not properly maintained, causing the machine to produce results that falsely suggested patients were testing positive for street drugs like ecstasy or heroin. Watch and read a story from Fox 19 and read a Department of Justice press release.

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