Grand jury indicts doctor and nurse on fraud charges

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a doctor and his wife on healthcare fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday.

Dr. Jay D. Van Houten and his wife, Ida Chen, a registered nurse, face 83 counts of healthcare fraud and one count of conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that the two used three different schemes to commit healthcare fraud. They are accused of billing for services not rendered, double billing private insurance companies for services already paid by the State Worker's Compensation Fund and falsely billing acupuncture services as though they were for physical therapy.

If convicted, Van Houten and Chen could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and fined $500,000.

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