(Atlanta – 15 October 2002) Attorney General Thurbert Baker announced that Dr. Aubrey Camacho pled guilty today in Dekalb County to defrauding Georgia’s Medicaid program out of more than $1.05 million. After the guilty plea on the charge of Medicaid Fraud, Dekalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker sentenced Camacho to 5 years in prison, to be followed by 5 years on probation, plus restitution in the amount of $1,055,000.00 and 500 hours of community service. In addition, as part of the plea agreement, Camacho agreed to surrender his medical license and consented to banishment from the Georgia Medicaid program.
In announcing the conviction and sentence, Attorney General Baker stated, “Our office continues to uncover cases where medical providers are stealing from the Medicaid program because they think they are too smart to get caught. Today is proof of the error in that thinking. I will continue to vigorously prosecute those who would steal from state taxpayers to line their own pockets. When my office catches theses corrupt individuals, we will do more than just put them out of business. We will put them in jail.”
Camacho was convicted for fraudulently billing the Medicaid program for services that were not medically necessary as well as services that were never provided. In some cases, Camacho billed Medicaid for Caesarean deliveries when in fact vaginal deliveries were performed due to Medicaid providing higher payments for Caesarean deliveries. In other cases, Camacho billed Medicaid for patients who had never even heard or been to see Camacho, and he also billed Medicaid for seeing patients when his own patient logs and schedules revealed that he was either not in the office or had not seen patients on those days. Camacho also billed Medicaid for sonograms that were not provided or were not medically necessary, including billing the Medicaid program for 92 sonograms on a single patient within a 3 ½ year span.
The case against Camacho was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michael Johnson. The investigation was conducted by Special Agent Curtis Wade of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Forensic Auditor Denise Gallo of the State Auditor’s office, and Gail Sehr of the Department of Community Health.