Connecticut doctor pleads guilty to cheating Medicaid

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut doctor has pleaded guilty to billing Medicaid for a medication some of his patients did not need.

Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Dr. Crispin Abarientos pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford to health care fraud.

Abarientos is a rheumatologist with offices in Middletown.

Prosecutors say he obtained nearly $900,000 worth of an arthritis medication that he ordered for Medicaid patients who were not being treated with that particular medication.

He then used the medication for Medicare patients or for patients with private insurance, billed those insurers, and kept the reimbursements as profits for himself. He then falsified records to try and cover up his scheme.

He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing on Oct. 30.

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