Monday, May 01, 2023

Sentencing set for Joplin doctor for federal health care fraud

A 1:30 p.m. July 6 sentencing date has been scheduled for Heather Stelling, a Joplin physician who pleaded guilty in December in U. S. District Court in Springfield to health care fraud.

Stelling, owner of Stelling Pain Management, received reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid for work done during a time in which she was suspended from practice for not paying Missouri state taxes.

Though the state revenue office later issued her a notice of compliance and indicated her license had been suspended erroneously, Stelling had falsified records to indicate the services she was being reimbursed for did not occur during her suspension. Records of approximately two dozen patients were involved.

Stelling received $146,026 from the fraudulent filings.

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