Prosecutors: Woman burned home in attempt to destroy records


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A lady burned down her $1.6 million suburban Fort Worth mansion whereas attempting to destroy paperwork from her husband’s well being care clinic as authorities have been investigating the couple for fraud, prosecutors allege.

A seven-count federal indictment, filed June 17, expenses Mark and Melissa Kuper with conspiracy to commit well being care fraud and well being care fraud aiding and abetting. They each have pleaded not responsible to allegations that they submitted greater than 100,000 claims to federal well being care applications for “sham” bodily remedy, psychotherapy and ache administration companies from 2014 to 2017, in keeping with court docket data.

Mark Kuper operated the Texas Center for Orthopedic and Spinal Disorders, with clinics in Fort Worth and Weatherford. The indictment alleges that his spouse began a fireplace to burn clinic data within the outside fire of the couple’s Benbrook mansion in October 2017, then left it unattended, destroying their house. After the blaze, firefighters mentioned they discovered charred and burned paperwork within the fire that have been nonetheless legible, the indictment says.

Travis Couey, a bodily therapist who labored for Mark Kuper, was additionally arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit well being fraud for allegedly making ready false medical data.

The trio allegedly submitted $10 million of false claims to Medicare, Medicare or TRICARE, which covers navy members and their households, for companies they didn’t carried out, the indictment says.

Attorneys for Melissa Kuper and Couey didn’t reply to requests for remark. Mark Kuper’s legal professional declined to remark.

Mark Kuper pressured sufferers to attend frequent bodily remedy and substance abuse applications — even when they have been pointless — and billed these classes at the next value than they have been value, in keeping with court docket paperwork.

He additionally “used the lure of opioids” to verify his sufferers saved returning for “worthless services” for which he might invoice the federal government, authorities allege. Kuper additionally required his sufferers to get painful and unneeded injections earlier than they may acquire ache capsules, prosecutors mentioned.