Fla. doc faces 200 counts of health care fraud

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Gainesville doctor has been charged with more than 200 counts of health care fraud.

U.S. Attorney's officials say 57-year-old Ona Colasante surrendered Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury.

According to the indictment, Colasante made money billing the government for medical tests, including substance abuse counseling and smoking cessation, that patient never received. She allegedly used that money to buy non-FDA-approved drugs and devices from pharmacies outside the country.

According to the indictment, Colasante then charged the government for administering those drugs. Officials say she gave the drugs to patients without their knowledge or consent.

A message left for her attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.

A trial is set for June. If convicted, Colasante faces 10 years in prison for each of the health care fraud counts.

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