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Federal court documents show Ed Henry, co-defendant intend to plea guilty

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office say former state representative Ed Henry paid illegal kickbacks from his company to doctors in a Medicare scheme.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 2:42 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2019 4:38 PM

Federal court documents filed Wednesday show Ed Henry, an outspoken and high-profile former North Alabama lawmaker, intends to change his plea from not guilty to guilty based on a plea agreement.

Federal prosecutors say Henry’s company, MyPractice24, effectively became part of a pill mill by connecting patients with doctors who prescribed pain killers billed to Medicare.

A co-defendant in the case with Henry, Dr. Nicole Scruggs, filed an intent on Wednesday to plead guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States and to paying and receiving kickbacks in relation to a federal health-care program.

According to Scruggs' plea agreement, the penalty for this is, "A term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine of not more than $250,000, or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, or both the fine and imprisonment; a term of supervised release of not more than three years; an assessment fee of $100; and an order of restitution."

Scruggs was a general practice physician in Huntsville.

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