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12/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Baton Rouge Optometrist Indicted on Medicaid Fraud Charges

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has returned a three count indictment against a Baton Rouge optometrist for charges related to defrauding the Louisiana Medicaid Program, according to criminal prosecutors with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Dr. Diana M. LeBreton, O.D., 55, of 16050 Plank Road in Baker, was indicted yesterday on one felony count of theft by fraud of more than $1,500, one felony count of filing or maintaining false public records, and one felony count of money laundering more than $100,000. The three felony charges arise from LeBreton’s role in engaging in business with the Louisiana Medicaid Program as an optometrist and owner of Eye Care Plus, located at 5151 Plank Road, Suite 15, in Baton Rouge.

According to the grand jury indictment, between January 2008 and November 2011, LeBreton caused the submission of numerous false claims for optometric services on behalf of Medicaid recipients to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.  LeBreton is accused of falsifying patient charts and billing documents in order to charge the Medicaid Program for services that were not rendered, as well as billing Medicaid for services, such as the dispensing of eye glasses deemed medically unnecessary to Medicaid recipients. In addition, LeBreton is charged with laundering more than $100,000 in Medicaid dollars after using the proceeds of her fraudulent activity at Eye Care Plus to pay her salary and that of other office staff to continue the criminal activity, as well as to make personal online shopping purchases and pay for veterinarian expenses.

An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled in the 19th Judicial District Court.


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