A DeKalb County physician has been indicted on grounds he and his former office manager, fraudulently used Medicaid payments to pay for abortions.
Dr. Tyrone Malloy and CathyAnn Warner were indicted by a DeKalb County grand jury on Dec. 8, on two counts of Medicaid Fraud.
According to a press release from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Malloy owns and operates Old National Gynecology, a medical practice located in College Park, which performs abortions.
The indictment alleges that beginning around Dec. 9, 2007 and continuing until about Aug. 9, 2010, both Malloy and Warner “knowingly and willfully” received approximately $131,615 they were not entitled to for billing services associated with performing elective abortions.
Malloy and Warner were also charged in the indictment for billing Georgia Medicaid approximately $255,024 for detailed ultrasounds that were never performed.
The Georgia Medicaid program is funded by the state of Georgia and by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, acting through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Since 1976, a federal law known as the Hyde Amendment has prohibited the use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions and services associated with them. Abortions are only covered by Medicaid in cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or circumstances where continuing the pregnancy will endanger the life of the mother.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid fraud is punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Senior Assistant Attorney General Nancy Allstrom is prosecuting the case on behalf of the state of Georgia.
Malloy could not be reached for comment and the Attorney General’s Office would not comment any further on an ongoing investigation.
Reports state the reason the case is being tried in DeKalb County Court rather than Fulton County Court is the Medicaid payments were allegedly sent to Malloy’s Atlanta Ob-Gyn office located off Rainbow Drive in the Decatur area.