On Monday, it was announced that a Gainesville physician and his ex-wife had surrendered on a federal indictment charging them with health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. 48-year-old Erik M. Schabert and his ex-wife 49-year-old Mika Kamissa Harris surrendered to authorities this week. The indictment also charges Harris with multiple counts of money laundering. The indictment explains that the couple owned and operated Reliant Family Practice in Gainesville.
The defendants are accused of defrauding health care benefit programs of $4.4 million by submitting fraudulent claims. The indictment explains that between January of 2013 and July of 2017, Schabert and Harris caused claims to be submitted to Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare for chemical peels, dermabrasions and acne surgery using false diagnoses. The indictment also accuses Harris of laundering roughly $3.1 million in proceeds of the fraud scheme.
The defendants are scheduled to go to trial on April 24, 2018. If convicted on the charges in the indictment, the defendants will face a maximum term of 20 years in prison for health care fraud conspiracy and 10 years in prison for each count of health care fraud. Harris also faces a maximum term of 10 years for each count of money laundering.
At this point in time, the defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Additional details have been made available here.