A woman burned down her $1.6 million suburban Fort Worth mansion while trying to destroy documents from her husband’s health care clinic as authorities were investigating the couple for fraud, prosecutors allege.
A seven-count federal indictment, filed June 17, charges Mark and Melissa Kuper with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud aiding and abetting. They both have pleaded not guilty to allegations.
Mark Kuper operated the Texas Center for Orthopedic and Spinal Disorders, with clinics in Fort Worth and Weatherford. The indictment alleges that his wife started a fire to burn clinic records in the outdoor fireplace of the couple’s Benbrook mansion in October 2017, then left it unattended, destroying their home. After the blaze, firefighters said they found charred and burned documents in the fireplace that were still legible, the indictment says.
Travis Couey, a physical therapist who worked for Mark Kuper, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy.
The trio allegedly submitted $10 million of false claims to Medicare, Medicare or TRICARE, which covers military members and their families,
Mark Kuper forced patients to attend frequent physical therapy and substance abuse programs – even if they were unnecessary – and billed those sessions at a higher cost than they were worth, according to court documents,