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Four listed in 65-count indictment in multi-million dollar health care scheme
By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas Four people and two businesses were charged in a 65-count indictment over a $7.3 million health care scheme, federal officials said.
Richard Craig Rooney, a 44-year-old former William Beaumont Army Medical Center physician from Medina, Wash., and his 46-year-old wife, Angie Unchi Song, a former El Paso otolaryngology physician, were listed in the indictment.
Also listed on the indictment was 44-year-old Julia Lynn Eller, president and CEO of Allure Spine, LLC in Charlotte, N.C., and 71-year-old Charlie Takhyun Song, of Grapeview, Wash., who is Angie Songs father and an independent sales representative.
The four were accused of conspiring to fraudulently acquire more than $7 million from federal healthcare programs from September2002 to August 2010.
Todays indictment demonstrates that the FBI and our partners at the U.S. Attorneys Office; U.S. Department of Defense, Criminal Investigative Service; U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command, Major Procurement Fraud Unit; and, the U.S. Postal Inspector Service are committed to thoroughly investigate Health Care Fraud in our community, including Ft. Bliss, whenever health care professionals engage in activity to defraud our health care system for the sole purpose of self-enrichment, stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist.
Rooney, Angie Song, Eller, Charlie Song, Spondylos and Allure were all charged with one count of conspiracy to commit illegal remuneration in regard to federal health care programs; two counts of aiding and abetting illegal remuneration in regard to federal health care programs; one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Rooney, Angie Song, Eller and the two companies were charged in 39 substantive counts of wire fraud. Also, Rooney, Eller and Allure were charged with 17 substantive money-laundering counts; and Angie Song, Charlie Song and Spondylos were charged with one substantive money laundering count. In addition, the indictment also charges Rooney and Eller with two counts each of making material false statements to federal authorities.
In total the group faces 65 charges, according to the indictment.