Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Former McAllen Physician Detained Pending Trial on Twelve Counts of Medicaid Fraud

McALLEN U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos in McAllen issued a court order requiring Fabian Aurignac to be jailed pending his upcoming healthcare fraud trial. Fabian Aurignac, 46, is the subject of a joint investigation and prosecution by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Aurignac is alleged to have fraudulently charged Medicaid for services that were not medically necessary, subjected patients to unnecessary invasive procedures and billed Medicaid for services he never actually rendered. On Oct. 17, 2007, his medical license was indefinitely suspended by the Texas Medical Board. Aurignac was arrested by FBI agents Dec. 1, 2008, in Austin, when he appeared at a medical board hearing regarding his license suspension.

The arrest was based on his Oct. 21 indictment in which Aurignac was charged on 12 counts of health care fraud.
As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has dramatically expanded the MFCU to save taxpayer dollars by ferreting out waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system.

The MFCU established field offices in Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio and Tyler through authorization and funding from the 78th Legislature. It works with federal, state and local agencies across the state to identify and prosecute those who defraud the Medicaid program.

For more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.