Doctor arrested for illegal abortion bills
4:04 pm, January 2nd, 2013
A Decatur obstetrician was arrested Wednesday on a charge that he illegally billed $205,000 to the government’s Medicaid program to perform elective abortion services.
The indictment against Dr. Andre Damian Williams, 62, owner of DeKalb Gynecology Associates and Legacy Obstetrics, claims he charged the government for abortion-related services including ultrasounds, evaluations, pregnancy tests and urinalysis from January 2009 through September 2011.
The indictment alleges some of the ultrasounds were never performed, and the payments he collected for other services were for greater amounts than he was entitled to because they were associated with abortions.
Under the federal law known as the Hyde Amendment, federal funds may not be used to pay for elective abortions and their associated services.
Medicaid fraud is punishable under state law by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to a news release by Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.
The case is being prosecuted by the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the attorney general’s office, said spokeswoman Lauren Kane.
Medicaid, a federal program that provides health services to people who can’t afford them, is administered through the state Department of Community Health.
DeKalb Gynecology Associates’ website says it’s a private medical office that provides early abortion services, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and post-abortion follow-up care. The office was closed Wednesday, and an answering service said it couldn’t take a message.
A profile on Healthgrades.com says Williams is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and graduated from Howard University medical school in 1977.
The indictment was handed down in DeKalb County Superior Court on Dec. 20, but it wasn’t publicized by the attorney general’s office until after Williams was arrested Wednesday.
No lawyer was listed for Williams, and jail records showed he hadn’t posted a $25,000 bond as of Wednesday afternoon.
The case is State v. Williams, No. 12-CR-6359.