Dozens of employees at Acadian Diagnostic Laboratories haven’t been paid since federal agents raided the business back in September. According to local Baton Rouge TV affiliate WBRZ, “the company’s accounts were frozen, and owner Terry Wilks has been unable to pay.”
Back in September, after a raid on the property, Kevin Hanley, 42, was charged in a $2.1 billion fraud scheme. Hanley, who lives in Prairieville, was the CFO of Acadian Diagnostic Laboratories on Justice Avenue.
According to WBRZ, in addition to Hanley, 35 people were charged in schemes that focused on Medicare beneficiaries. Hanley and the group are charged, according to the US Attorney, of soliciting the tests from government-backed insurance customers, had the tests approved by telemedicine doctors who did not engage in treatment of the beneficiaries and submit claims through clinical testing laboratories that paid kickbacks in exchange for the referrals.
Despite the indictments, Acadian remained open, however, the 30 or so employees who remained with the company after the September raid, have not been paid since. Prior to the FBI raid, the company employed approximately 100 people.
Hope Wright, a former worker at Acadian Diagnostic quit after Christmas. She told WBRZ, that she is owed nearly $3,000.
“I was reassured that my job was ok so I did return,” Wright said. “The first time that my payroll started to be late was November 29, and that’s the last day we received pay.”
Wright said there has been a total lack of communication. “We were still coming to work, still not getting paid but still coming to work out of respect,” Wright said. “Just be honest, and let us know what’s going on.”
Another company in Louisiana, Lazarus Services, was also accused of being a part of the scheme, the government said.
In a news release, the federal government called the case the largest healthcare fraud schemes ever uncovered and charged.
An arraignment, in this case, is set for the end of January.