Novus Medical Director Becomes Fourth To Plead Guilty In Frisco Home Health Scheme

Another defendant in the federal case against Frisco-based Novus Health Services has taken a guilty plea. Dr. Charles Leach, medical director for Novus from 2014 to 2015, admitted to his role in the $60 million scheme on Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reported.

This is the case in which the feds allege Novus CEO Bradley Harris directed home health nurses to speed up the death of elderly patients by administering certain drugs, among other claims. With the plea deal, Leach, 66, says he signed blank prescriptions and was aware Harris, who is not a doctor, often directed the medical operations. But his attorney, Mick Mickelson, told the DMN that he was “horrified to find out” that Harris was commanding the team to hasten patient deaths.

Four of 16 defendants have now pled guilty, not including Harris. Trial for the others is scheduled for January.