Antoine Johnson and his mother, Lawanda Johnson were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for more than two dozen federal felonies connected with their operation of four health care clinics in Western Washington.
The Johnsons were convicted in November. Antoine Johnson was sentenced to 151 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $1,281,873 in restitution for 24 counts of health care fraud, four counts of filing false income tax returns and five counts of illegal drug distribution.
Lawanda Johnson was sentenced to 87 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $1,227,746 in restitution for 24 counts of health care fraud and six counts of filing false income tax returns. Orders of criminal forfeiture of funds were also entered.
According to testimony at trial and records in the case, in 2008 law enforcement investigated information obtained by the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force and the Washington State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit that the clinics were dispensing a high number of prescriptions for narcotic pain medications without examining the patient.
Antoine Johnson was the only medical doctor employed by the four clinics, the “Broadway Clinic” in Aberdeen and the “Johnson Family Practice” clinics in Tacoma, Lakewood and Lacey.