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Ga. doctor pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, aiding unlicensed practice of medicine

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ATLANTA — A doctor from Atlanta has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine.

Nathaniel Johnson received a 10-year sentence on Thursday. The first six months will be served in the county jail.

Attorney General Sam Olens said in a written statement that Johnson allowed Jeff Romeus, a recent graduate of a medical school, to practice medicine even though Romeus did not have a medical license.

Romeus testified that he saw nearly all of the office's patients from June 2006 to December 2007. During that period, Johnson billed Medicaid for more than $217,000.

As part of his sentence, Johnson was ordered to surrender his medical license, have no contact with former patients and repay the Medicaid program.

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