(LEX 18) — A man connected to a Lexington lab has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge, after admitting to helping set up a kickback scheme.
Officials said Timothy B. Andrews pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
According to the plea agreement, Andrews worked with his employer, who owned Pinnacle Labs in Lexington, as well as three other labs in Houston, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio, to arrange the scheme.
Court records say the two arranged to pay a Texas pain management doctor money disguised as rent payments in exchange for performing urine sample tests for the doctor.
As part of his plea, Andrews agreed to repay the government $325,000, which was billed to Medicare for the test.
He now faces up to five years in prison and will be sentenced in October.