The owner of a Texas hospice care center is being accused of telling employees to give overdoses to patients in order to speed up their deaths and make more money.
Authorities said that 34-year-old Brad Harris directed nurses at Novus Health Care Services, Inc., in Frisco, Texas, to increase the drug dosages of at least four patients, sending text messages like, “You need to make this patient go bye-bye,” NBC reports.
FBI officials allege that Harris told one nurse to give overdoses to three patients and another to increase a patient’s medication by four-times, according to NBC, which obtained a search warrant in the investigation.
Harris has not been charged and it is unclear whether the three patients were harmed.
In an affidavit, FBI officials wrote that Harris told fellow executives that he wanted to “find patients who would die within 24 hours.” He also allegedly made remarks like, “if this f—– would just die.”
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Federal officials began investigating the health care center in October 2014 amid allegations that the company took on patients “who did not qualify for services” and unnecessarily charged the government, NBC reports.
Investigators allegedly learned that the scheme involved Harris, “who has no medical training or licenses, would direct his employed.”
“[Harris] would direct his employed nurses to overdose hospice patients with palliative medications such as morphine to hasten death, and thereby minimize Novus’ (paybacks).”
Harris founded the health care center in 2012, NBC reports.
The company, which provides “personal care for hospice and home health,” bills itself as a “full-service healthcare provider with in-house experts in every medical related need for hospice care and home health care,” according to the company’s website.