Laboratory Owner Sentenced to 36 Months in Federal Prison for Healthcare Kickback Scheme

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Department of Justice – Terry Wilks Jr., owner of Acadian Diagnostic Laboratories, has been sentenced to spend 36 months in federal prison for conspiracy to pay and receive healthcare kickbacks, and to pay restitution and forfeiture totaling nearly $5.5 million.

In 2016, Acadian sales representative Leslie McHugh was excluded from participation in Medicare, but continued to refer doctors’ orders and specimens for testing by the company, in exchange for kickbacks paid by Wilks. These procedures were then billed to Medicare and TRICARE. Wilks also paid another sales rep over $2.3 million in kickbacks. Through these schemes, the company was received over $5 million from Medicare and Louisiana Medicaid for tainted claims.