Thursday, May 25, 2006

Another psychiatrist sentenced in drug and fraud case

As reported in the Charlotte Observer

Former Charlotte psychiatrist Warren H. Williams was sentenced this week to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to health care fraud and illegal distribution of a controlled substance without a medical purpose.

U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad Jr. ordered Williams to be placed in a substance abuse program and to surrender his license to practice medicine and dispense medicines, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He will not be allowed to reapply for his medical license until after completion of three years of supervised release after prison.

Williams was also ordered to pay restitution of $59,885.64 to insurance companies that were victims of his fraud and was barred from being a Medicare or Medicaid provider, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Williams, 55, pleaded guilty to the charges in July and remains free on bond. He'll report to prison once the Bureau of Prisons designates the location.

According to the indictment, Williams billed insurance companies for patient visits that did not occur, billed for higher levels of services than he provided and illegally distributed the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam.

Williams began practicing in Charlotte in 1994. He surrendered his N.C. medical license in October 2004.

He got off lighter than the first guy.

1 comment:

L.C. Evans said...

My husband and I are former patients of Dr. Williams. Despite the conviction, we would see him again if he were practicing. Dr. Williams is a brilliant man who saved my husband's life after he was prescribed a drug by another psychiatrist after the other doctor misdiagnosed him. The drug would have killed my husband had he continued to take it. We were both deeply saddened to learn of his troubles and his conviction and I pray for him often.