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Central Ohio Physician Indicted In Health Care Fraud Scheme

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A federal grand jury has indicted a central Ohio doctor on charges related to a health care fraud scheme that included marketing unnecessary prescription creams in low-income neighborhoods and billing Medicaid for millions of dollars. 

Authorities issued a 7-count indictiment against 60-year-old Bernard Oppong of Blacklick. He worked for Dublin-based Health and Welnness Medical Center. Owners Darrell Bryant and Gifty Kusi - both of Hilliard - were charged last year in a related indictment and face trial December 3. A final defendant 54-year-old Jornel Rivera of Dublin pleaded guilty in May 2018 to making false statements related to health care matters. 

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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