Unlicensed Houston Doctor Indicted in Fraud Scheme

9-16-05 - An unlicensed Houston doctor has been indicted on charges of signing preprinted prescriptions for motorized wheelchairs and subsequently cheating Medicare and Medicaid out of nearly $10 million.

Linda Morgan, 52, accepted $250 per signature and prescribed the wheelchairs without seeing patients, according to a 13-count federal indictment made public Thursday.

Morgan was arrested Wednesday at the same address as the Divine Faith Tabernacle, which lists Dr. Linda Morgan as its pastor on the Internet church directory.

Morgan moved to Houston in 2002 after closing an Oklahoma clinic but never obtained a license to practice medicine in Texas, authorities said.

The indictment is at least the fourth in two years in an ongoing fraud investigation.