Highland Park anesthesiologist Richard Toussaint, co-founder of the now-defunct Forest Park Medical Center, has obtained an early release from prison after being sentenced to five years for his part in the $200 million fraud case the hospital was embroiled in.
People Newspapers’ sister publication D CEO found that Toussaint was freed on Jan. 18 through the Bureau of Prisons’ First Step Release program.
Toussaint, 61, was ordered to pay more than $82.9 million in restitution and was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison in August 2020.
At the time, he was already serving a 41-month federal prison sentence for a separate health care fraud conviction. In March 2018, he pleaded guilty to his involvement in the Forest Park Medical case, admitting to one count of conspiracy to pay health care bribes and kickbacks and one count of illegal remuneration under the Travel Act.
Toussaint admitted to collaborating with co-defendant Dr. Wade Neal Barker, a bariatric surgeon, to launch Forest Park Medical Center, a physician-owned hospital for bariatric and spinal surgery patients, in 2008, and then working with hospital manager Alan Andrew Beauchamp, Barker, and others to lure patients with high-reimbursing, out-of-network private insurance to the now-defunct hospital by paying surgeons for referrals.
In 2019, Medical City Dallas opened a new heart and spine hospital in the previously dormant location.