U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox announced Wednesday that a Jefferson County doctor has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of health care fraud and identity theft in the Eastern District of Texas. 

According to Cox, prosecutors allege that 43-year-old Grigoriy T. Rodonaia, of Port Neches, faces 35 criminal counts.

He is accused of raking in approximately $6.7 million through fraudulent charges to federal healthcare funds through a scheme involving prescriptions for creams, and using the names, dates of birth, and health insurance claim numbers of patients without their knowledge.

Federal prosecutors say if convicted, Rodonaia could face up to 10 years in prison for each count of health care fraud, and a mandatory 2 years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft.

An indictment by a Grand Jury does not mean that the person named in the indictment is guilty of any crime. Instead, it simply indicates that Grand Jurors felt that enough evidence existed to merit a trial.

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