COLUMBUS – Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced that Barbara Elise Miller, former owner of Three Rivers Infusion and Pharmacy Specialists in Coshocton, and one of four co-defendants in a more than $1 million dollar healthcare fraud billing scheme entered guilty pleas to multiple counts. Miller pled guilty to witness tampering, obstruction of an official proceeding, and concealment of records on Thursday in US District Court in Cleveland and will await a sentencing hearing. Miller still faces charges of federal healthcare fraud.
The four were indicted in early 2010 as the result of a joint investigation involving the Ohio Department of Insurance, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, US Department of Health and Human Services, and FBI.
“The crimes committed by Ms. Miller resulted in more than $1 million worth of fraud,” Taylor said. “Fortunately, investigators at the Department of Insurance, along with other state and federal agencies, were able to work through this complex case and secure a number of charges.”
Along with Miller, the other co-defendants include her husband Dana Campbell, the company’s former Vice President of Finance, and former employees Douglas Bolden and James Ireland, of Zanesville. Campbell, Bolden, and Ireland were charged with multiple violations for their involvement.
Ohioans who believe a medical provider is committing insurance fraud by billing for services not rendered should call the Department’s Fraud hotline at 1-800-686-1527. Insurance fraud information can be found on the Department’s website, www.insurance.ohio.gov.