$375M health care scheme figure to stay jailed

DALLAS,TX. (AP) - A judge has ordered a Texas doctor accused of "selling his signature" to process almost $375 million in false Medicare and Medicaid claims to remain behind bars pending trial.

Dr. Jacques Roy pleaded not guilty to all charges and his attorneys argued for bail, but U.S. Magistrate Irma Carrillo Ramirez deemed Roy to be a flight risk.

Authorities say Roy and six others indicted for health care fraud certified 11,000 Medicare beneficiaries through more than 500 home health providers over five years. Officials say those numbers would have made Roy's Medicare practice the busiest in the country. But an investigation into Roy and his business practices didn't begin until about a year ago.

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