Thursday, May 14, 2009

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McAllen Former Physician Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Fraud

McALLEN - Former McAllen physician Fabian Aurignac pled guilty on May 8 to one federal count of Medicaid fraud and was ordered to pay the government $1,157,000 in restitution. Aurignac, 46, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27. The crime carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Aurignac is guilty of fraudulently charging Medicaid for services that were not medically necessary, subjecting patients to unnecessary invasive procedures and billing Medicaid for services he never provided. 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 before the medical board for a license suspension hearing.

As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has dramatically expanded the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (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.