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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Taking Responsibility - Something Some Politicians Are Not Capable Of

Former Alabama lawmaker Ed Henry pleads guilty in Medicare fraud case
Former state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle, shown at a press conference in June 2017, intends to plead guilty in a federal case in Montgomery according to a court document filed Jan. 9, 2019. (Mike Cason | mcason@al.com)By Mike Cason | mcason@al.com
Former state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to one count of theft of government property.
Prosecutors said Henry entered agreements with three doctors under which the doctors would refer patients to Henry’s chronic care management business and waive the required co-payments by patients. Medicare then reimbursed for the services provided by Henry’s company.
Prosecutors said the result was that Medicare paid for services that patients would have otherwise declined had they been required to pay the co-payments.
Terms of Henry’s plea agreement were not immediately available. The crime is a felony and has a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Henry and his attorney, Max Pulliam, declined comment after today’s hearing.
Henry, who served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018 and did not run for re-election last year, filed a notice last week that he would change his plea from not guilty to guilty.
Henry was scheduled to go on trial starting Feb. 4 in federal court in Montgomery.
He had initially denied any wrongdoing after his indictment last year.
A Huntsville general practice physician, Dr. Nicole Scruggs, pleaded guilty last week to one count in the same case. Scruggs' attorney, F. Wilson Myers Sr., said last week Scruggs intends to continue her medical practice.

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