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, pled guilty to multiple health care fraud charges stemming from her scheme to fraudulently bill private insurance companies and Medicaid. Miller’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3.
In July she was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Akron to serve 27 months for obstructing the federal health care fraud investigation.
“I commend the work of local, state and federal authorities to bring this complicated case toward a closure,” Taylor said. “Because insurance fraud harms consumers and increases premiums, the Department will continue to take aggressive action against those who break the law.”
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.
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.