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Medicaid fraud charges dropped against doctor

By By Suzanne Monk/The Meridian Star
Sept. 29, 2001
Attorney General Mike Moore asked Friday that criminal charges against Dr. Walter Ocampo Anderson, indicted in November 1998 for six counts of Medicaid fraud, be dismissed.
The request was granted by Hinds County Circuit Judge William Yerger.
A motion filed by Special Assistant Attorney General Donna Hodges said developments after the doctor was indicted made it impossible to prosecute the case.
Anderson operated the Kid's Connection in North Meridian, and a similar clinic in Laurel. He also owned a number of houses in Meridian including a large home on 29th Avenue that he apparently planned to convert into a home for troubled girls.
Moore alleged that Anderson falsely billed Medicaid for almost $3.75 million between September 1997 and October 1998. In a separate civil action, Anderson's professional and business assets were seized under Racketeer-influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statutes.
On Sept. 10, Anderson was ordered to liquidate all his property and pay penalties of almost $3 million: $2 million in reimbursements to Medicaid; $750,000 in civil penalties to be paid to the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Division; and $150,000 to the fraud division to reimburse the cost of the four-year investigation.
This agreement concluded the civil prosecution against Anderson. With the dismissal of criminal charges Friday, the case is now concluded.
Anderson moved away from Meridian after he was indicted and now lives in Indiana. Fraud charges against the his son, Walter P. Anderson Jr., were also dismissed Friday.
Suzanne Monk is managing editor of The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3229, or e-mail her at smonk@themeridianstar.com.

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