Athens business owner charged with healthcare fraud

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – An Athens man who owned a hearing aid practice has been charged with health care fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona, ​​Joshua D. Creasy, 44, of Athens, was charged with 15 counts of health care fraud in U.S. District Court on Friday.

Creasy operated One Love Hearing Concepts, a practice that provided hearing aids and other hearing solutions. According to the company’s Facebook page, there are several One Love Hearing Concepts locations in northern Alabama, including Athens, Killen, Scottsboro, Hazel Green, Hartselle, Guntersville and Madison.

Court filings said Creasy “conspired to defraud insurers by charging for medically unnecessary hearing aids.”

The Escalona office also said Creasy was offering free products as an incentive for recipients to allow the company to bill their insurance and bill insurance for hearing aids that were never received. Some people have even been charged for hearings despite never having visited a One Love location, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

Creasy pleaded guilty to the charges, but a plea change hearing has not been scheduled.

Officials say Creasy stipulated in a plea agreement that it would pay the $1,000,000 forfeiture and $1,500,000 in restitution to the victims.

The maximum penalty for each count of health care fraud is 10 years in prison.


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