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, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Akron, Ohio. Miller will serve 27 months for obstructing the investigation of a related federal healthcare fraud case in which she is a defendant in a suspected $1 million billing scheme. She is out on bond until her health care fraud trial begins in August.
“This is a complicated case involving several charges,” Taylor said. “As we continue to work with authorities at the federal, state and local level, I want to commend all agencies involved in securing the sentence handed down in U.S. District Court,” Taylor said.
The original charges against Miller were filed 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, the FBI, and the US Attorney’s Office-Northern District.
Along with Miller, co-defendant James Ireland pled guilty yesterday to an obstruction-related charge. Ireland and another co-defendant, Douglas Bolden, are expected to be sentenced later this summer 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.