(KMOV) -- A local physician and a nurse practitioner were charged after allegedly giving patients non-approved prescriptions, issuing false billing statement, and for charging them for services when the physician was in Mexico.
According to court documents, Dr. Mel Lucas and nurse practitioner Robyn Levy of the Patterson Medical Clinic in Florissant are accused of health care fraud with patients from June 2008 to June 2011.
They are accused of billing major medical insurance companies for more X-rays that were actually taken, and for charging for services done by Dr. Lucas when he was out-of-town or out of the country. This happened on 573 different occasions.
Lucas and Levy allegedly wrote patients prescriptions for FDA-approved drugs but actually bought a non-approved version from Canada for hundreds of dollars less. The patients were not told about the drug switch and their insurance was billed as it being FDA approved.
Dr. Mel Lucas, 60, was charged with eight felony counts of health care fraud, and seven felony counts of false statements related to health services.
Nurse practitioner Robyn Levy, 57, was charged with two counts of felony health care fraud and three count s false statements related to health services.
If convicted each count of health care fraud carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. Each count of making false statements carries a maximum of five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.
News 4 is working to learn more on this medical pair and their patients that may have been affected.