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DeSoto doctor named largest healthcare fraudster in U.S.

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A DeSoto-based doctor is accused of defrauding the U.S. government of nearly $375 million in Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Dr. Jacques Roy, an office manager and five others were arrested Tuesday, according to Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Attorney General of Northern District of Texas.

Dr. Roy had about 11,000 patients linked to his practice, Saldaña said, an astonishing number that drew the attention of federal investigators.

"No doctor in the entire country had as many patients reportedly under his care as Dr. Roy did," she said.

According to investigators, Roy's organization paid recruiters to approach homeless people in shelters and use their names to bill the government for fake treatments. Each name brought $50.

But that was just one of the fraudulent tactics, investigators say, in a scheme that ran from January 2006 until November 2011.

Dr. Roy and the six others were affiliated with Medistat Group, a home health care business based in DeSoto.

The indictment , filed in the Northern District of Texas and unsealed today, charges Jacques Roy, M.D., 54, of Rockwall, Texas; Cynthia Stiger, 49, of Dallas; Wilbert James Veasey Jr., 60, of Dallas; Cyprian Akamnonu, 63, of Cedar Hill, Texas; Patricia Akamnonu, RN, 48, of Cedar Hill; Teri Sivils, 44, of Midlothian, Texas; and Charity Eleda, RN, 51, of Rowlett, Texas, each with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Roy also is charged with nine counts of substantive health care fraud, and Veasey, Patricia Akamnonu and Eleda are each charged with three counts of health care fraud. Eleda also is charged with three counts of making false statements related to a Medicare claim.

As a result of the indictments announced Tuesday, the government has suspended Medicare/Medicaid payments to more than 70 home health care businesses linked to Dr. Roy until investigators can make sure they're valid.

This is the largest single case ever brought by the Department of Justice-HHS joint task force.

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