Gainesville Physician Indicted with 210 Counts of Healthcare Fraud
A Gainesville Physician, whose office was raided by the FBI in 2011, has been charged with 210 counts of healthcare fraud and money laundering, according to federal indictments.
Dr. Ona Colasante, 57, surrendered herself to US Marshals yesterday after being indicted with the federal charges.
Colasante allegedly committed the crimes while operating the Hawthorne Medical Center and the Colasante Clinic from 1998 to 2009.
She’s charged with 199 counts of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield--as well as using the proceeds to buy non-FDA approved drugs from overseas pharmacies and then administering those drugs to patients without their consent.
If convicted of charges in the filed indictment, Colasante faces a term of up to 10 years imprisonment for each count of healthcare fraud.
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