Forest Park Medical Center kickback trial ends in convictions for 4 physicians

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |

The kickback trial involving Forest Park Medical Center owners and physicians ended yesterday with seven defendants receiving convictions and one acquittal, according to a report in the Dallas Business Journal.

Four things to know:

1. The jury found co-administrator Mac Burt guilty in 10 of 11 counts against him. Four physicians were also convicted in the case:

• Douglas Won, MD, was found guilty of one of two counts against him.
• Michael Rimlawi, MD, was convicted in three of four counts against him.
• Shawn Henry, DO, was convicted in three of four counts against him.
• Mike Shaw, MD, was convicted in all four counts against him.

Two other individuals — Jackson Jacob, the owner of companies that Forest Park channeled payments through, and workers compensation insurance consultant Iris Forrest — were also convicted of charges in the case.

2. The trial revolved around a large conspiracy in which the physician-owned hospital received $200 million in "questionable insurance benefits" after compensating physicians for referrals. According to the report, the hospital provided around $40 million in bribes and kickbacks that were described as consulting fees or payment for the physicians to market their practices.

3. The principle founders of Forest Park made plea deals and cooperated with the government.

4. Sentencing has not occurred for the individuals convicted in this case.

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