Florida physician charged with 210 counts of healthcare fraud, money laundering — 5 key points

Florida family practitioner Ona M. Colasante, MD, has been charged with committing 210 counts of healthcare fraud and money laundering, according to Gainesville.com.

Here are five key points:

1. The physician allegedly submitted fraudulent claims for unnecessary tests, bought drugs from outside the United States that are not approved for use and administered those drugs to patients without their knowledge or consent.

2. Dr. Colasante is accused of submitting such claims from 1998 to 2009.

3. On May 3, Dr. Colasante entered a plea of not guilty and her trial is scheduled for June 14.

4. The physician faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the healthcare fraud counts.

5. She also faces up to three years for each of the FDA counts and up to 10 years for each of the money laundering counts.

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