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.