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Former West Mifflin Doctor Faces New Sentence

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
July 14, 2015
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A former West Mifflin doctor has been sentenced to 33 months' imprisonment and nearly $312,000 in restitution for putting patients into hospice care who didn't need it.

Oliver W. Herndon, 43, formerly of Peters Twp., Washington County, also was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab to three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

Herndon, who once had a medical practice on Lewis Run Road and advertised himself as a "pain management specialist," was sentenced in 2012 for writing more than $700,000 in fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers.

Herndon was the medical director for Horizons Hospice on Mosside Boulevard in Monroeville. Hickton said Herndon falsely certified that patients were eligible for hospice care in order to inflate the company's billing to federal insurance programs.

The hospice's chief operating officer, Mary Ann Stewart, is under indictment in the same case.

Herndon's new sentence will run concurrently with his prior sentence of 11 years and three months for issuing prescriptions for painkillers to patients who didn't need them, federal officials said.

According to published reports, the hospice case was opened after federal officials began investigating Herndon's prescriptions of opiate-based painkillers such as oxycodone.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Cessar and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Baxter prosecuted this case on behalf of the government, Hickton said.

Originally published July 14, 2015.

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