Texas Doc Pleads Not Guilty In $6.7M Prescription Scam

By Jennifer Doherty (June 25, 2020, 8:09 PM EDT) -- A family doctor in east Texas has pled not guilty to criminal charges that he defrauded the military health insurance provider Tricare out of more than $6.7 million by prescribing expensive scar-healing creams to phony patients.

Dr. Grigoriy T. Rodonaia walked out of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on bond Wednesday, but he could return to stand trial on 35 counts — including charges of health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and distribution of a controlled substance — as early as August, according to the scheduling order released after the hearing.

Rodonaia faces up to 10...

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