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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Huntsville physician was indicted by a grand jury over health care fraud.

The grand jury charges that Yashica Robinson White, M.D. as an enrolled provider under Alabama Medicaid defraud the system by submitting claims for reimbursement on products she purchased from foreign providers.

The OB-GYN is head physician at three locations; 4831 Sparkman Dr., Huntsville, another in Tuskegee, and Opelika all under the name, Alabama Women's Wellness Center, P.C.

The federal indictment alleges from 2010 through 2012, White knowingly defrauded the health care benefit system by submitting fraudulent claims for the insertion of IUDs that were FDA-approved to her patients when, in truth and in fact, the defendant [White] knew she had been purchasing and providing to her patients misbranded IUDs from a company in Great Neck, New York with foreign products.

During that time period, the indictment alleges White submitted claims to Medicaid totaling $60,300, for which White received payments totaling approximately $47,104.35.

Court documents also state White introduced misbranded drugs into interstate commerce which violates regulations under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as the Federal Food, Drug, and Commerce Act.

The indictment claims White used Mirena brand IUDs that were foreign, non-FDA approved IUDs and which were misbranded, in such terms as to render them unlikely to be read and understood because the labeling was not in English.

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama filed the compliant on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. White's Attorney, Ty Howard, based in Nashville, said his client denies any intent to defraud Medicaid. He also added that they are not aware of any health or safety concerns with the insertion IUDs.

Howard wanted to make it clear the company that she ordered the products from have also been indicted as a fraudulent operation for scheming physicians.

Indeed, the owners and operators of the Great Neck Drug Supply Company and Medical Device King were arrested and charged with selling misbranded or counterfeit drugs.

The owners have pleaded not guilty.

White is set to appear for a pretrial conference June 26 in Opelika.

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