By Jena Johnson - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - He worked beside a Lufkin doctor and his assistant now charged with health care fraud. A man claiming to be a former employee of Dr. Alexander Orlov says the charges make perfect sense.
Kenneth Brewster says Orlov hired him in 2009 to work as a medical assistant to who he thought was "Doctor" Haseeb Rehman. It was a short-lived job.
It wasn't until last week that he says he found out Rehman wasn't really a licensed physician.
"Rehman was not allowed to admit patients in the hospitals. We were not allowed to write Dr. Rehman's name or any of the official reports," Brewster said. "Dr. Orlov's name had to go on any official report."
Brewster says none of it seemed odd at the time.
"We never verified any insurance carriers under Dr. Rehman. We always had to verify under Dr. Orlov even if Dr. Orlov didn't actually see the patient," said Brewster.
In a previous interview, Rehman said he's an innocent man. Brewster absolutely agrees.
"My heart just really goes out to Dr. Rehman. I really think that he did not mean any harm," said Brewster.
Rehman and Orlov are both charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. Orlov can legally practice, but he's barred from filing claims with Medicaid or Medicare. Brewster says that alone is a huge part of the practice.
"We had to take on as many Medicare and Medicaid patients as possible because from what I was told just to keep the business going," said Brewster.
Part of the reason Brewster left. He says something didn't feel right.
"Towards the end I really got tired of a lot of the stuff," said Brewster.
He says he's pursuing other jobs and trying to leave the memories behind.
In a previous report, several of Orlov's patients said he's still accepting Medicare. However, a federal judge has ordered Orlov to not accept Medicaid or Medicare.
Tuesday, the Angelina County and Cities Health District released a statement regarding Orlov's health care patients.
"The health district is being an active partner in the medical community and we're providing a community resource list to assist patients, emergency rooms, pharmacies and individuals just in knowing what resources are available and how to access them," Director Sharon Shaw said.
The list is available at the Angelina County and Cities Health District as well as the two local emergency rooms in Angelina County.
The health district is not accepting any of Orlov's former Medicaid patients because their Medicaid panel is full at this time.