Bank forecloses on Medicaid doctor
By By Suzanne Monk/The Meridian Star
Aug. 7, 2001
Citizens National Bank officials are foreclosing on 29th Avenue property owned by Dr. William Ocampo Anderson, charged in 1998 with six counts of Medicaid fraud.
Anderson owned two clinics in Meridian, The Children's Clinic and The Kids' Connection, both located in North Meridian, and treated hundreds of children through a "day program" that began in early fall 1997.
The doctor also operated a similar children's clinic in Jones County.
Attorney General Mike Moore alleged that Anderson received almost $3.75 million from Medicaid between September 1997 and October 1998 about $80,000 a week and that most of the money was based on fraudulent billings.
Anderson was arrested on Nov. 5. Two weeks later, an injunction was issued and the attorney general's office froze all Anderson's assets and property in Lauderdale, Newton and Jones counties under Racketeer-influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statutes.
Circuit Judge Robert Bailey filed an order Monday lifting that injunction and allowing bank officials to proceed with the foreclosure.
The property is located in the 3200 block of 29th Avenue. It was originally owned by Judge Ben F. Cameron of what was then the U.S. Court of Appeals. The 18-acre parcel includes a large house built in 1926, a smaller guest house, 18 acres, a tennis court and a lake.
The judge's son, Winston Cameron, said he moved into the house in 1965 and lived there for 29 years before selling it in 1994 to Peavey Electronics. The house was briefly the home of one of the corporation's vice presidents.
Peavey Electronics sold it to Anderson, who had before his arrest gutted much of the structure in preparation for remodeling.
Attorney Don Rogers, representing Citizens National Bank, said public foreclosure notices will be published as soon as possible.
Two weeks ago, Rogers said, the bank also foreclosed on Anderson's former home on Lindley Road.
The house, as fate would have it, was earlier the home of former Comcast-Primestar regional manager David Van Colvin, who pleaded guilty to money laundering, mail/wire fraud and income tax evasion in an alleged conspiracy to defraud the cable television company of $2.6 million dollars been 1994 and 1996.
Anderson is free on $3 million bond. His attorney, Dan Self of Meridian, said Monday he has been working as a counselor in another state. It is not known what, if any, relationship the current foreclosures against Anderson have with the attorney general's prosecution of the case.
Suzanne Monk is managing editor of The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3229, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.