UPDATED: Federal Jury Convicts Dr. Richard Ferdinand Toussaint Jr. Healthcare Fraud: The Sociopathic Business Model™
UPDATED March 5, 2016
Federal Jury Convicts Dallas Anesthesiologist on Health Care Fraud Offenses Involving Approximately $10 Million in Fraudulent Billings
Dr. Richard Ferdinand Toussaint, Jr. Practiced at Forest Park Medical Center and Doctors Hospital in Dallas
DALLAS — Following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor and approximately three hours of deliberation, a federal jury has convicted Dr. Richard Ferdinand Toussaint, Jr., a licensed anesthesiologist, on all counts of a superseding indictment charging seven counts of health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Toussaint faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250K fine on each of the seven counts; a sentencing date was not set. Restitution is also mandatory under the law. In addition, the indictment includes a forfeiture allegation that would require Toussaint to forfeit any property, real or personal, derived from proceeds traceable to the offense.
May 21, 2015
Healthcare fraud isn’t on the rise but getting caught certainly seems to be on the rise thanks to the DOJ. On the heels of the Johnson & Johnson Ethicon Acclarent CEO & VP of Sales & Marketing’s 18 count fraud indictment that stunned the medical device community comes the latest from Forest Park Medical Center Founding Physician’s 17 counts of fraud indictment .
Dr. Richard Toussaint, a founding physician of Forest Park Medical Center, has been indicted on 17 counts of healthcare fraud that allegedly occurred in 2009 and 2010.
The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Toussaint, an anesthesiologist, charged $8 million to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, UnitedHealthcare, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program over an 18-month period, $5 million of which was fraudulent. In federal-speak: he was “falsely claiming that he was present for and personally participating in the procedures.” Dallas Healthcare Daily
Changing names to distance from possible crimes
It has long been suspected that the DOJ makes deals with companies that are cooperating with their investigation; and, as noted from the DOJ press release it’s clear Acclarent’s CEO William (Bill) Facteau & VP of Sales & Marketing Patrick (Pat) Fabian were arrested & indicted on 18 counts of fraud in April 2015 and obvious Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Ethicon were quick to distance from the crime. It is an important distinction however just because Johnson & Johnson & Ethicon weren’t named in the title that they’re innocent or weren’t possibly complicit on some level. Placing blame without taking accountability is a pathological problem within Johnson & Johnson and or any company that operates under The Sociopathic Business Model™ .
There were however even signs of what was to come as Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Ethicon were making efforts behind the scenes to distance from Acclarent when in August 2014 on a popular anonymous employee message board Cafepharma Acclarent then under the Ethicon heading was moved out from under the Ethicon heading and made free standing (as it was when Acclarent was a startup before Johnson & Johnson purchased the company for $785 million in 2010 for their Ethicon unit). Companies will often re-write history in the hopes of distancing from their crimes and if these were an Olympic sport Johnson & Johnson would win the gold in every single sport.
I’ve not be able to locate the DOJ press release for Forest Park Medical Center’s founding physician Dr. Richard Toussaint and the 17 count federal indictment but I’d be willing to bet there’s no mention of Forest Park Medical Center in the title just as there was no mention of Johnson & Johnson or Ethicon in the other DOJ press release title . However distancing without taking accountability as expected: Forest Park spokeswoman Kandace Cortez sent the below statement:
“The Forest Park Medical Center system was not the subject of today’s action taken by the United States Attorney’s Office. Richard Toussaint is not currently a practicing physician at Forest Park and is not associated with The Management Company at Forest Park Medical Center. As always, our focus on compliance and patient care remains unwavering. Today’s news will in no way affect Forest Park as we continue to pursue, with vigor, our strong commitment to providing patient care of unsurpassed quality.”
From Medtech[y] another anonymous industry message board links the entire indictiment and mentions they changed management companies two days ago (perhaps another attempt to distance from crimes without taking accountability?)
Those in the media, patients, consumers and taxpayers need to be aware of this #PRSpin as #PRSpinUNSpun employees are already aware that fraud at this level is seldom if ever done alone or without the complicit actions of others in similar or higher ranking positions. I’d ask that anyone writing a story or using social media not allow the companies to change names to distance from crimes and place blame without taking accountability and make sure to include the following information in the future:
Forest Park Medical Center’s founding physician Dr. Richard Toussaint
or doing a story on
Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon’s Acclarent’s CEO William (Bill) Facteau & VP of Sales & Marketing Patrick (Pat) Fabian 2007-2011 in order to force accountability not only from the individuals but from the companies as well.
Disclaimer June 30, 2015: I was informed (but not able to verify) that the owners of the site Medtech[y] are unethical people, unknowingly written about previously on this site, whom I would not work with had their identities been originally known. I came to know the Medtechy[y] when their name appeared on the back end of the analytics on Killing My Career (which is a tactic many unethical will do to get noticed). The ethical approach is writing an email & introducing the company with the goals and missions while explaining the need for anonymity.
The need for anonymity when creating a site that exposes the truth others would rather remain hidden is acceptable if owners are still employed by one of the companies they’re exposing or fear of retaliation; however, it is not acceptable to create a site under a new name to distance from previous unethical behavior. The Sociopathic Business Model™ maintains all supporters (accomplices) eventually become victims of unethical and or illegal behavior and, while I agree with the fundamentals of the site, can no longer support their efforts until affirmative proof to the contrary is provided. It’s up to each person reading this site to make the best decisions based on all the facts.