Henry indicted on federal charges, maintains innocence

Rep. William “Ed” Henry, R-Hartselle was arrested on charges for his involvement in an alleged “medical kickback scheme” yesterday according to a report released by the United States Department of Justice.

The indictment came from Henry’s role as the owner of a healthcare company, MyPractice24, Inc. According to their website, MyPractice24 offers “chronic care management systems allow[ing] patients to take an active role in managing their health while facilitating better communication between primary caregivers and patients.”

The company offers a database for patients to keep up with their conditions such as “daily logs, current medications and current symptoms” to allow the patients to easily share the information with their healthcare provider.

Henry is alleged to have created a kickback agreement with Dr. Gilberto Sanchez through the company. Sanchez pled guilty to related charges of drug distribution, healthcare fraud and money laundering in November 2017.

Henry maintained his innocence in a post on Facebook today. “I am not guilty of any crimes,” he wrote.

Similarly Henry’s defense attorney, Max Pulliam said in an interview with the Associated Press that Henry has “paid no kickbacks to any person.”

According to the report by the Department of Justice, the indictment alleges that through MyPractice24, Henry provided kickbacks to Sanchez and employees. The report lists the kickbacks as “direct payments to a member of the staff, free chronic care management services, free medical billing services and free clinical services unrelated to the provision of chronic care management services.”

“My goal was to help patients, and I did. Using a program established and promoted by Medicare, I helped chronically ill patients and saved taxpayers’ money,” the post continued. “For that, I have been charged with multiple felonies.”

In the indictment, Henry is charged with one count of conspiring to pay kickbacks and to defraud the United States, six counts of paying unlawful kickbacks, one count of conspiring to commit healthcare fraud and five counts of healthcare fraud. According to the report, Henry can face a “maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, significant monetary penalties, asset forfeiture, and restitution,” if found guilty.

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