North Carolina physician indicted by federal grand jury for altering medical devices, fabricating records

Published 7:50 am Friday, January 7, 2022

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A federal grand jury has indicted a North Carolina physician accused of altering medical devices for reuse and bilking Medicare out of more than $46 million, according to a federal prosecutor.

U.S. Attorney Michael Easley said that according to a superseding indictment, between 2014 and 2018, Anita Louise Jackson, 58, billed Medicare more than $46 million for allegedly administering more than 1,200 applications of balloon sinuplasty services to more than 700 patients. Her practice received more than $5.4 million for the services.

During the four-year period, Jackson was the top-paid provider of balloon sinuplasty in the U.S. despite the location of her practice outside of a major metropolitan area, authorities said, adding that Jackson made substantial money from the billings to the Medicare program.

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Jackson faces multiple charges, including adulteration of medical devices, making false statements relating to health care benefits and mail fraud, according to a news release.