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DOJ OKs indictment of WellMed owner over ‘ghost dialysis’ scam

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict WellMed Dialysis Center owner Dr. Bryan Christopher Sy and two others for making “ghost dialysis” claims from Philhealth, said Justice spokesman and Undersecretary Markk Perete.

“The investigating prosecutors found probable cause to indict Brian Christopher Sy and two other officers of Wellmed Dialysis and Wellness Center Corporation for the complex crime of estafa thru falsification of official documents,” he said in a statement.

The be charged along with Sy for 17 counts of estafa are former WellMed employees Edwin Roberto and Liezel Aileen De Leon.

“The investigating prosecutor found that the Wellmed officers conspired in using falsified documents to collect payments from Philhealth for alleged medical services to patients who were already dead,” Perete explained.

The DOJ released the resolution of the case after the three were brought for inquest last June 11 following their arrest by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Apart from the three, seven other WellMed officers were named as respondents in the complaint filed by the NBI, namely, Sy’s father Claro Sy; Sy’s wife Therese Francesca Tan-Sy; Dr. John Ray Gonzales; Alvin Sy; Dick Ong; Dr. Porsha Natividad; and Dr. Joemie Soriano.

“The inquest prosecutor meanwhile referred the case against seven other Wellmed officers/employees for preliminary investigation. Said employees were not brought to the prosecutor for inquest,” Perete said.

On the other hand, the NBI earlier said the two whistleblowers Roberto and De Leon will have to charged before the court is asked to discharge them as state witnesses.

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