Jamaica Observer / KINGSTON, Jamaica — The medical doctor, who was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment last month after he pleaded guilty to defrauding an insurance company over $5 million, was granted bail pending his appeal. Dr Alvin Grant was offered bail recently in the sum of $1 million after his attorney Demetrie Adams argued that the sentence handed down by Parish Judge Maxine Ellis was manifestly excessive and harsh in light of his client’s antecedents that was contained in the social inquiry report. Adams also argued that with the date of the appeal not set and the sentence being short, his client would have served a substantial portion of his sentence before the appeal is hear. The medical doctor, who was on trial for numerous fraud-related cases, pleaded guilty to more than 36 counts on his second trial day last October. Reports are that between 2012 and 2014, Grant submitted more than 100 claims to Guardian Life on behalf of some of his patients. In 2015, Guardian Life carried out an audit at Grant’s office in Black River. It was later revealed that the signatures on the documents were forged. A number of Grant’s patients subsequently gave statements saying they did not receive medical attention for most of the visits and said that the signatures were not theirs. On March 3, 2016, he was arrested at his office. OBSERVER ONLINE understands that prior to sentencing, Dr Grant repaid $700,000 to the insurance company.
Doctor to appeal prison sentence for insurance fraud
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