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by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:00 am  

“And he would look at me and say, ‘Are you the doctor?’” Cynthia Johnson told Arkansas Business.

Still, she defended her former husband and maintained he didn’t commit Medicare fraud. She said he ran the tests because he thought they helped the patients.

Others disagreed.

A company hired by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to root our fraud found that between 2004 and June 30, 2006, Johnson performed 115 unnecessary heart catheterizations.

It’s unclear when federal investigators started looking at Johnson. In September 2013, federal prosecutors filed a forfeiture lawsuit to seize Johnson’s ex-wife’s Mountain Home mansion, which prosecutors said was paid for with proceeds from the Medicare fraud. Cynthia Johnson paid $600,000 to settle the lawsuit and keep the home.

Conner Eldridge, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, told Arkansas Business in October that recovering more assets is “an ongoing effort.”

He wouldn’t say whether anyone would be charged, citing the continuing investigation. As of Dec. 13, no charges had been brought in connection with Dr. Johnson’s case, and none of his assets had been seized by the federal government.



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