Dallas anesthesiologist faces 17 counts of fraud for procedures he never performed

A prominent Dallas anesthesiologist has been indicted on 17 counts of fraud for submitting false claims for procedures in which he was not even in the operating room-or in some cases, the state--according to the Dallas Morning News Richard Ferdinand Toussaint Jr., M.D., co-founder of Forrest Park Medical Center and founder of Ascendent Anesthesia, faces allegations that he submitted claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, United Healthcare and Federal Employees Health Benefits Program by billing for procedures when he was in another state or undergoing surgery himself. Prosecutors also allege that Toussaint created false medical records and inflated procedure times, fraudulently billing insurers to the tune of $5 million. The indictment lists an array of luxury cars owned by Toussaint and states that he billed for procedures when he was actually flying in his private jet. Article