Jaime Lynn Slade, 33, a registered nurse from Bonne Terre, was indicted Oct. 10 by a federal grand jury in St. Louis for her alleged involvement in a health care fraud scheme with her former employer, Dr. Antoine Adem and Midwest Cardiovascular Inc. of Festus, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.
According to court documents, from January 2014 to December 2018, Adem and his company submitted or caused to be submitted numerous false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid. The reimbursement claims falsely stated that Adem performed two vein procedures on different days, when he actually performed the two procedures on the same day, the report said.
As a result, Adem and his company received about $2,000 more per patient than he would have received if he had correctly reported the procedure dates to Medicare and other insurers, according to the report.
Slade reportedly was present during the surgeries and placed Adem’s false surgery notes in the patients’ medical records, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Slade, if convicted, faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000.
Adem pleaded guilty to health care fraud on Aug. 20 before U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig. A sentencing hearing for Adem is scheduled for Dec. 20. He faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000, and Adem’s company, Midwest Cardiovascular Inc., which is based in Festus, faces a fine of up to $500,000, the report said.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General and the F.B.I. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dorothy McMurtry is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.