Optometrist sentenced for false eye exams

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WICHITA — A south-central Kansas optometrist has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison over a scheme to collect more than $580,000 for eye examinations that were never performed.

Wade Abbey of Derby pleaded guilty in February to five counts of wire fraud. He was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors said Abbey inflated the number of eye exams he and his wife performed at their office, Visions Doctors of Optometry, and provide false information to get paid for them.

Prosecutors say Abbey and his wife were paid an hourly wage and additional fees for each full eye exam they conducted. Abbey admitted in his plea bargain that he was paid roughly $583,000 for eye exams he claimed from January 2010 through June 2010 but didn’t perform.

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