Baton Rouge doc takes hundreds of thousands from lab in kickbacks from lab for urine samples

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A 58-year-old Baton Rouge, doctor on Tuesday entered a guilty plea in Federal Court for his role in a scheme to send urine specimens to a certain laboratory in exchange for more than a quarter-of-a million dollars in kickbacks, according to the U.S. Justice Department. (DOJ).

Gray Wesley Barrow, M.D. pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks. 

Barrow, a psychiatrist, received his medical degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport was a co-owner of Louisiana Spine & Sports LLC, a pain management clinic located in Baton Rouge. 

According to his guilty plea, Barrow agreed to send urine specimens collected from his patients to a certain drug testing laboratory in return for a percentage of the reimbursements paid to the laboratory by insurance companies that included Medicare. 

As part of his plea, Barrow admitted that in the months between April 2014 through July 2016, he sent specimens collected from his patients to the drug testing laboratory and received approximately $336,000 in disbursements from the laboratory associated with testing for Medicare beneficiaries. 

HHS-OIG and FBI investigated the case.  Assistant Chief Dustin M. Davis and Trial Attorney Justin M. Woodard of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth E. White of the Middle District of Louisiana are prosecutors the case.  

Barrow is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1, 2019 by U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson of the Middle District of Louisiana, who accepted his plea.

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