Chua Now Faces Accusations of Insurance Fraud; the St. Marys Doctor Is Already Jailed in the Drug Overdose Death of His Roommate

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Chua Now Faces Accusations of Insurance Fraud; the St. Marys Doctor Is Already Jailed in the Drug Overdose Death of His Roommate


Pinkham, Paul, Jackson, Gordon, The Florida Times Union


Byline: PAUL PINKHAM and GORDON JACKSON

WOODBINE -- As if murder and drug charges weren't enough, a popular St. Marys physician now faces accusations of insurance fraud.

A court-appointed receiver in charge of the doctor's assets, including his medical practice, asked the judge in a court filing Tuesday for permission to refer the "potential improprieties" to authorities for further investigation.

Atlanta attorney Michael Lambros said he discovered an unusual number of insurance claims from Noel Chua's office were coded so that the doctor's office would be paid more than normal for specific services. The codings appear to be unjustified for the medical procedures performed, Lambros said in the court filing signed by his law partner.

"This potential impropriety in coding has been confirmed by an expert in medical coding and billing practices who was retained by the receiver," the filing says.

The allegations could be investigated by state or federal authorities if Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams directs Lambros to report them, and that could spell more legal trouble for Chua. District Attorney Stephen Kelley said in a separate court filing he agrees Williams should order Lambros to report his findings.

Wayne Whitaker, a spokesman with the state's Insurance and Safety Fire Commission, said investigators in his department's fraud division are looking into the allegations. …

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