Doctor gets home detention in Medicaid fraud BALTIMORE COUNTY

April 15, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

An obstetrician who billed the state for 121 babies he never delivered was placed on six months home detention yesterday and ordered to repay $346,939.80 in Medicaid payments.

Carolyn H. Henneman, deputy chief of the attorney general's criminal investigations division, said the assessment against Carter J. Williams is the highest yet against a doctor in the state's investigation of Medicaid fraud.

Dr. Williams, 43, had been an obstetrician at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and had an office in the Physicians' Pavilion there. He has been jailed since March 8, when he was convicted of defrauding Medicaid, altering hospital and patient records, obstructing justice, and theft.

He appeared at yesterday's sentencing hearing with William H. Murphy Jr., the fifth lawyer to handle his case. Noting Dr. Williams' training and education, Mr. Murphy said his client could never repay the damages if imprisoned. The maximum sentences on the four convictions range from one year to 15 years.

Judge John Grason Turnbull II imposed suspended sentences ranging from one to seven years, with six months of home detention, five years of supervised probation, and 250 hours of community service.

Assistant Attorney General Timothy X. Sokas said the physicians' review board will be told about the convictions, and the doctor's license will be suspended.

According to trial testimony, Dr. Williams was a competent and BTC popular doctor who wanted to earn more money.

To do this, he billed Medicaid for babies delivered to indigent women by hospital staff doctors. Those doctors do not bill Medicaid, prosecutors said.

Dr. Williams charged the state $115,646 for the deliveries and for prenatal tests and other services he never performed.

In one instance, he only billed for one child from a set of twins. Another supposed delivery occurred when he was at an out-of-state conference.

In March 1991, the doctor and his longtime fiancee, Patricia Peterson, 46, tried to foil a criminal investigation by falsifying records. Ms. Peterson, who was engaged to the doctor from 1982 to 1991, later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice.

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