A man from Athens, Alabama, has been charged with 15 counts of health care fraud, according to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).

Forty-four-year-old Joshua D. Creasy of Athens was accused of attempting to defraud insurance providers into paying for medically unnecessary products.

Creasy owned One Love Hearing Concepts, which had several locations around the state. One Love Hearing Concepts provided hearing aids and other products related to hearing loss.

The DOJ said Creasy gave away free products to incentivize some of his customers to allow his company to bill their insurance providers for hearing aids. He has also been accused of billing insurers for products that customers never received and for customers who never visited a One Love store.

Though Creasy has pleaded guilty; a change-of-plea hearing has not been scheduled yet.

In a plea agreement filed Friday, Creasy stipulated that he will pay a forfeiture of $1,000,000 and $1,500,000 as restitution to the victims.

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