11 Defendants Plead Guilty in $300 Million Healthcare Fraud

US Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Texas, Apr. 20, 2022

Just two months after being charged, all 11 defendants implicated in the $300 million Spectrum/Reliable healthcare fraud have pleaded guilty, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham.

Ten defendants, including two medical doctors, were indicted February 9. An eleventh defendant was charged on March 16.

Six of the original ten defendants – Laredo-based internal medicine doctor Eduardo Canova, family medicine doctor Jose Maldonado, nurse practitioner Keith Wichinski, Reliable Labs cofounder Abraham Phillips, marketing firm owner Juan David Rojas, and marketing employee Laura Ortiz – filed plea papers on February 11, just two days after being indicted. The final defendant – Reliable Labs cofounder Biby Kurian – filed plea papers on April 6 and entered her plea on April 13.

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