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Texas Doc Accused of Taking Kickbacks

DALLAS (CN) - A 52-year-old Dallas doctor faces federal charges of taking illegal kickbacks. Prosecutors say Harold Wagner took cash from a Plano-based medical equipment supplier in return for recommending power wheelchairs for Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

Wagner, of DeSoto, was indicted by a federal grand jury last week, charging him with seven counts of accepting illegal kickbacks.

"It is a violation of Medicare and Medicaid rules for a treating physician to receive any compensation from a medical equipment supplier in return for referring patients for medical supplies," the Department of Justice said in a statement.

If convicted, Wagner faces up to 5 years in federal prison.

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