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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 4:45 pm

EL PASO — An ex-Army doctor who worked at Fort Hood was indicted in a $7.3 million health care scam.

The 65-count federal indictment announced Thursday in El Paso names Dr. Richard Craig Rooney of Medina, Wash., who worked at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.

His wife, Dr. Angie Unchi Song, and her father, Charlie Takhyun Song of Grapeview, Wash., were indicted, as was her company, Spondylos Consulting LLC. Also indicted were Julia Lynn Eller of Allure Spine LLC in Charlotte, N.C., and that company. The counts include conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. Eller allegedly provided cash so Rooney would use Allure Spine products.

According to court documents, Rooney was stationed at Fort Hood as an orthopedic surgeon from September 2002 to October 2005. Those documents reveal Darnall paid at least $769,020 to spinal implant company Altiva, at which Eller was vice president of operations from March 2005 to July 2005.

In 2008, Eller left Altiva to start Allure Spine.

At least 54 invoices from Altiva to Darnall between March 10, 2005, and June 10, 2005, show a “bill to address” for Darnall, and a “ship to” address for a home in Killeen where Rooney lived, the documents stated.

Rooney also received a $6,000 “road bike” from another medical supply company, DePuy, while stationed at Fort Hood. Eller also worked for DePuy, according to court documents.

Both physicians were with patients Friday and couldn’t comment. Eller couldn’t be reached for comment. Darnall did not return a call by press time.

Herald staff writer Chris McGuinness and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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1 comment:

  • Mark posted at 10:15 am on Mon, Feb 10, 2014.

    Mark Posts: 1

    I still have the hardware he put in my back......