Update: Man Sentenced in $134 Million COVID-19 Scheme


In an update to a November 5, 2021, story, Billy Joe Taylor was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay almost $30 million in restitution. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and money laundering on October 27, 2022. Read a Department of Justice press release.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Billy Joe Taylor, who owned or managed numerous diagnostic testing laboratories, with health care fraud in connection with over $100 million in false billings for urine drug testing, COVID-19 testing, and other clinical laboratory services. It stated that Taylor obtained medical information and private, personal information for Medicare beneficiaries and then misused that confidential information to repeatedly submit claims to Medicare for diagnostic tests that were not ordered by medical providers and were not actually performed by the laboratories. Read a news story from Arkansas Business and a Department of Justice press release.



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