MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Federal and state investigators conducted a joint raid of a doctor’s office in Memphis Wednesday.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) were at the office of Ronnie D. Bowen on Riverdale Road south of HWY 385.
The FBI confirmed they were executing a search warrant while other authorities remained tight-lipped.
FOX13 searched state records and found that the doctor’s business and medical licenses both appear to be in good standing.
An agent with the TBI pushed the FOX13 crew back as we searched for answers about why they were there.
The FBI’s Memphis field office confirmed the raid happened at 3699 Riverdale Road to FOX13 Investigates.
That address is listed as the office of Dr. Ronnie D. Bowen.
FOX13′s camera rolled as FBI agents worked. Shortly after, crime scene tape kept us from getting closer.
Eventually, we were allowed into a nearby office and saw a computer being carried out from the office being searched.
From the doctor’s office’s front door, the FOX13 crew could see inside. Agents work just feet from where a group of Bowen’s patients gathered, puzzled, to exchange information.
Shatoria Branch asked we not show her face. She said she’d been a patient for years.
“I’m a little upset because that’s our doctor; he’s more than a doctor to us,” she said.
FOX13 Investigates obtained a certificate from the State Board of Medical Examiners that showed Bowen’s license to practice was in good standing. There was no record of any disciplinary actions against him.
A call to Bowen’s cell phone went straight to voicemail.
We left a message asking Bowen if he knew why the feds would execute a search warrant at his business. We also asked if he had an attorney he could point us to.
Just before air time, Bowen returned the call and had a conversation with FOX13′s Dakarai Turner that lasted about 5 minutes. He said he is innocent of any crime and that the raid is related to a disgruntled patient lobbying a false complaint against him of billing their insurance without him performing any work.
He said the investigation involves Medicaid or Medicare, and Tenncare.
He said his office has been raided four times before, and each time nothing has happened.
He said he has not obtained legal representation because it is not needed.
FOX13 again asked him if he understood or believed that he will be facing any criminal charges.
He said that the records that were seized would speak for themselves.
FOX13 reached out to multiple sources trying to figure out exactly why this happened. The FBI confirmed that they were executing a search warrant in the area. The TBI would not say anything about the search and pointed us to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District.
They said, “no comment.”
FOX13 will continue to follow this investigation, and once we learn more details, we will pass them along. Check back for updates.
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