“Rock Doc” Pleads Guilty to $2.5 Million in Medicare Fraud and a Drug Charge By Tod Aronovitz | 02/20/14 | 0 Comment

Dr. Christopher Gregory Wayne, more widely known as the “Rock Doc,” entered guilty pleas in Miami federal court on Tuesday for defrauding Medicare and prescribing unlawful painkillers. The showy osteopathic physician recognized for his flashy style and spiky hair, was ordered to surrender his Pine Tree Drive home, his 2002 Mercedes-Benz, and pay more than $2 million.

As we posted on our ARONOVITZ Blog on October 11, “Miami Beach ‘Rock Doc’ Charged with Submitting False Medicare Claims,” Wayne submitted $5 million in health care claims to Medicare for services such as ultrasounds, massages and other physical therapy sessions at his clinic, Miami Urgent Care and Rehab Center, between December 2007 and August 2009.

It was proven that these services were not provided or needed, or were provided by Wayne’s unlicensed employees.  In total, Medicare reimbursed his North Miami Avenue clinic about $1.9 million for fraudulent claims.

Wayne agreed to plead guilty to the Medicare fraud charges as well as a new conspiracy charge of writing illegal painkiller prescriptions. Under the plea agreement, his 14 other healthcare fraud charges, filed in a previous indictment, will be dismissed and all of his legal issues with the government will be resolved as a result.

As reported in a Miami Herald article on February 18, the drug charge stemmed from Wayne selling large amounts of Oxycodone and Endocet on three separate occasions to a confidential law enforcement source and an undercover police officer posing as patients at a Davie medical office in 2011.  Prosecutors said that Wayne walked off with $428,000 from the dispensation of “drug cocktails” to patients, “regardless of medical necessity.”

Wayne first got into hot water for illegally dispensing pain killers and other prescription drugs in 2012, prompting the State Department of Health to prohibit him from owning, operating or working in a pain management clinic and from dispensing prescription drugs, such as Oxycodone, Xanax and Flexeril, the article reported.

Under federal guidelines, Wayne faces three to five years in prison.  The 53-year old will go before U.S.
District Judge Robert Scola on May 16. The case was investigated by the FBI, Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“We’re very satisfied with this result,” Wayne’s attorney, Michael Grieco, remarked after the plea hearing, noting the increasing penalties for Medicare offenders. “My client is happy to put this behind him,” the article stated.

How to Report Miami Medicare Fraud

Healthcare or medical billing employees who have inside knowledge of questionable Medicare billing practices can file a confidential legal claim under the False Claims Act. By acting as a “whistleblower” in what is known as a “qui tam” lawsuit, a private party may collect between 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered, depending on how the case is prosecuted.

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The Miami Qui Tam law firm of ARONOVITZ LAW routinely works with Miami whistleblowers to document Medicare fraud and other forms of fraud against the government. Contact Miami Whistleblower / Qui Tam lawyer Tod Aronovitz to discuss a case.