Doctors Robert, Angela Barrow Indicted on Health Care Fraud

A federal grand jury indicted a Little Rock husband-and-wife physician team Wednesday on charges of health care insurance fraud that exceeded $1.2 million.

Dr. Robert Barrow, 60, and his wife, Dr. Angela Barrow, 50, each were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and six counts of health care fraud, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer. 

The couple owned and operated Your Doctor’s Office, a clinic in Little Rock.

"The doctors affiliated with a local massage therapist, whose services were billed to health insurers as physical therapy and with whom the doctors would split the proceeds," the news release said.

Related claims to Medicare and Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield alone exceeded $1.2 million during the alleged fraud, the release said. The news release didn't say how long the alleged fraud occurred, and the indictment wasn't immediately available.

The indictment also charges that Robert Barrow billed for therapeutic ultrasounds that were never performed, according to the press release. He also is charged with four counts of making false statements in relation to health care matters.

If convicted, the Barrows face up to 10 years in federal prison on each of the six counts of health care fraud as well as 10 years for the overarching conspiracy. Robert Barrow also faces up to five years in prison on each count of making false statements in relation to health care matters.