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Florida Surgeon Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for $28 Million Healthcare Fraud Scheme

(Dr. Moses DeGraft-Johnson- Courtesy BlackNews)

A Tallahassee doctor has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a $28 million health care fraud scheme.

Moses deGraft-Johnson had pleaded guilty to all 58 counts against him in federal court back in Dec. 2020. The judge also ordered him to pay nearly $28.5 million in restitution.

DeGraft-Johnson himself spoke directly to the judge, saying this behavior was an outlier for him.

“I stand before you to let you know I’m very remorseful,” he said. “I take full responsibility. I did wrong. I’m very sorry. Even though I’m not going to practice medicine, I feel that there is a lot of good left in me.”

He said his full intent when he arrived in Tallahassee in 2013 was to help people, particularly in Gadsden County. He said he held free clinics and took on complex cases that other doctors wouldn’t.

DeGraft-Johnson also spoke about the charges against him, pointing out that putting a patient in harm’s way is a different crime than committing healthcare fraud.

DeGraft-Johnson also pointed to his relief work in other countries, adding that while he stole money from the government, he also took actions that saved the government money. He pointed to a clinic he founded in St. Croix, allowing residents to get treatment there, rather than travel to the United States.

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SOURCE: WCTV, Monica Casey

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