Fresno Podiatrist Indicted for Health Care Fraud
FRESNO, CA—A federal grand jury returned a 20-count indictment today against Franklyn Collier Jones, 52, of Fresno, charging him with health care fraud and making false statements relating to a health care matter, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Jones practiced podiatry in Fresno. Between 2010 and 2015, Jones allegedly billed Medicare for surgical procedures called avulsions and matrixectomies that he did not perform. In fact, Jones allegedly performed only routine foot care on the patients, such as clipping of toe nails. Jones allegedly billed more than $141,000 for these surgical procedures during this time period.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Mark J. McKeon and Patrick R. Delahunty are prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Jones faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of health care fraud; and five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of making a false statement. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.