The attorney for Dr. Jacques Roy, the North Texas doctor accused of being the mastermind of a $375 million Medicare fraud scheme, told News 8 that his client was not a "ringleader."
Patrick McLain said his client did not know what the other defendants in the alleged scheme were doing. "Dr. Roy was not at all involved with the business of his practice, and was not a businessman," the attorney said. "The prior business manager was a tyrant, not a business manager, and probably a thief."
The Texas Board of Medical Examiners admits it should have looked more closely at Jacques Roy's history.
In the mid-1990s, he faced three malpractice claims. The medical board took no action.
In the late-1990s, documents show Roy was having an affair with a patient and writing her dozens of prescriptions for painkillers. The board gave him five years' probation In late 2001.
Roy was working for the Dallas County Jail. He was fired for many problems involving his quality of practice.
Despite all of that, Roy was back to practicing medicine... until Tuesday.