Man surrenders in Denver on fraud charges
An East Orchard Mesa man surrendered Thursday to U.S. Marshals in Denver, seven days after he was indicted on charges that he stole more than $3.5 million from a federal benefits and compensation program intended for uranium industry workers.
Anthony Paul Breaux, 33, the owner of Honor-Bound Healthcare Providers Inc., also made a first appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver and was advised on an indictment, including 48 counts of money laundering and health care fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver said in a news release.
Breaux’s company provided nurses for in-home care of patients who worked in the uranium industry.
Honor-Bound billed a federal program, which is set aside for payments to nuclear-weapons workers and their families, for the work they performed.
The indictment alleges Breaux defrauded the program over a one-year period by submitting false nurse notes and other documentation to substantiate his bills.
He allegedly billed for nursing services that were never provided and submitted false documents to qualify patients for home-health services.
Breaux allegedly used funds from the federal uranium program to pay two car loans and nearly $420,000 in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service while issuing checks to himself topping $53,000.
Federal and local authorities on July 8 raided Breaux’s Honor-Bound office at the Business Incubator Center, 2591 Legacy Way.
Although he was indicted Sept. 1, Breaux was allowed to negotiate with federal law enforcement and schedule a surrender date, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Breaux is free on a $2 million unsecured bond.