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I-Team: Doctor guilty of Medicaid Fraud

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Six years after the I-Team first raised questions about Dr. Nathaniel Johnson's medical practices, the noted OB/GYN and cosmetic surgeon pled guilty to Medicaid Fraud and aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine.

The surprise plea came in the middle of a criminal trial ends the medical careers of both the high profile doctor and Jeff Romeus, a young medical school graduate.

In 2008, the I-Team talked to two dozen OB/GYN patients who told us Jeff Romeus treated them. They had no idea he was not a licensed doctor.

Following our story, Dr. Johnson and Jeff Romeus were indicted. Jeff Romeus pled guilty last year and was the key witness against his former mentor and boss.

Romeus told the jury that for a year and a half he ran Dr. Johnson's practice, treating 500 Medicaid patients without supervision. Romeus said, "At that time he was rarely there. He was rarely there." He says instead, Dr. Johnson was busy with his new cosmetic surgery practice. After Romeus and other state witnesses testified, Dr. Johnson decided to plead guilty.

Judge Christopher Brasher handed down a 10 year sentence, with six months to serve in prison. Nathaniel Johnson must forfeit his medical license and pay full restitution to be determined later. Dr. Johnson's lawyers had no comment.

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