SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A grand jury in a U.S. district court has indicted Jamesetta Whipple-Duncan, 58, of Savannah, for her role in accessing a convicted doctor.
Whipple-Duncan faces charges including maintaining drug-related premises; Soliciting and receiving bribes; False statements in a loan and credit application; falsification of records; and misrepresentation.
The charges carry a penalty of up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
According to court documents and testimony, Whipple-Duncan was the owner of the now closed Georgia Laboratory Diagnostics LLC in Garden City. Whipple-Duncan was also an employer of Dr. Frank Bynes Jr., 69, of Savannah.
Bynes was sentenced in February 2020 to 20 years after being convicted of 13 counts of illegal dispensing of controlled substances and three counts of healthcare fraud.
According to the US Department of Justice, the indictment alleges that Whipple-Duncan “profited significantly from this clinic, both in the form of money from many drug addict patients and bribes paid to the clinic. Whipple-Duncan by a lab that processed the clinic’s urine tests. Whipple-Duncan used the product of the pill mill for his own use and pleasure; However, when Whipple-Duncan filed for bankruptcy shortly after the pill factory closed, Whipple-Duncan concealed the fact (that) she received the pill factory’s revenue and the kickbacks she received, while making a series of false claims to the United States and others. “
Prosecutors say Whipple-Duncan and Georgia Diagnostics Laboratory only accepted cash for office visits and refused to accept insurance, forcing Bynes patients to pay hundreds of dollars per visit – all by facilitating payments to patient health care programs for prescriptions and laboratory tests.
The indictment also alleges that Whipple-Duncan solicited and received bribes by falsely claiming to be an employee of an Oklahoma lab who paid Whipple-Duncan to submit referrals for testing. of urine that the lab then billed Medicare and Georgia Medicaid for nearly $ 500,000.
Regarding the financial crimes counts, the indictment alleges that on September 27, 2017, Whipple-Duncan applied for and later received a loan of $ 75,000 from a Savannah-based credit union. , claiming income of “$ 10,000 per month” from the Georgia Diagnostic Laboratory knowing that the clinic had already been closed due to the execution of a federal search warrant. Whipple-Duncan then filed for federal bankruptcy protection, claiming that during the same period his income was $ 13,262 – despite his earlier claims of making “$ 10,000 a month” from the Georgia Diagnostic. Laboratory.