The former chief executive of a north-central Missouri hospital has agreed to plead guilty to participating in a scheme to submit millions of dollars in fraudulent reimbursement claims to insurance companies for a 15-bed hospital in Unionville.

David Lane Byrns, the ex-chief executive of Putnam County Memorial Hospital, was charged Friday with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  An 11-page information alleges Byrns submitted fraudulent reimbursement claims on laboratory tests on behalf of the hospital for patients who never visited the facility.

The Kansas City Star reports Byrns’ case will be transferred from Kansas City to a federal court in Florida for his plea and sentencing.

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit in 2017 alleging that Putnam County Memorial Hospital received $90 million in questionable insurance payments in less than a year.

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