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Press Release

Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Announces Indictment

August 20, 2020

(Anchorage, AK) – Today, the Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announces the indictment of John D. Zipperer, Jr., M.D. and his corporate entity, John D. Zipperer, Jr., M.D., LLC, in charges related to an alleged urinalysis-for-profit scheme.  The indictment (95K PDF), issued by an Anchorage grand jury after a hearing on August 19, alleges that Dr. Zipperer defrauded the Alaska Medicaid program by performing over one million medically unnecessary laboratory tests on patients’ urine samples at a Tennessee lab he personally owned, and billing Medicaid for thousands of repetitive and medically unnecessary tests.

The grand jury charged Dr. Zipperer and his corporate entity with several counts of felony Medicaid fraud, felony Scheme to Defraud, felony Theft, and compounding.  The compounding charge alleges that Dr. Zipperer offered another doctor a “bonus” of thousands of dollars in return for a statement asserting that Dr. Zipperer’s testing scheme was medically appropriate. The doctor refused the offer, and reported the incident to law enforcement.  Dr. Zipperer was also charged with failure to surrender records and documents establishing medical necessity when demanded to do so by a formal state audit in 2019.

The indictment follows a years-long investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Alaska Departments of Law and Health & Social Services, the Tennessee Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General.

Dr. Zipperer has been released on his own recognizance.  His arraignment is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2020 before the Anchorage Superior Court.  The case numbers are 3AN-19-12375 CR & 3AN-19-12377CR.  The indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Persons with knowledge of this case who wish to provide information to investigators are encouraged to contact the state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 907.269.6279.

CONTACT: Assistant Attorney General James Fayette at (907) 269-6279 or james.fayette@alaska.gov.

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Department Media Contact:Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr at (907) 269-5285 or maria.bahr@alaska.gov.