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October 27, 2013

Anderson psychologist faces federal trial

INDIANAPOLIS — An Anderson psychologist, found guilty last week of three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, still faces a federal trial for health care insurance fraud.

Bruce Jones, 65, was found by a jury last week of the three felony counts. His sentencing is set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 20 in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

A May 2012 federal indictment alleged that Jones had in his possession more than two dozen firearms, including rifles and handguns, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. He had previously been convicted of dealing a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Jones was set for trial on the firearms charges earlier this year but fell ill and did not show up to court.

The same 2012 federal grand jury indictment accuses Jones of fraudulently billing at least two health care benefit programs for counseling services that were not actually provided to patients in excess of $100,000.

Jones still faces a pre-trial conference for Dec. 18 with a trial scheduled for Jan. 6.

Three years ago, FBI agents searched Jones’ home as part of an investigation into his billing practices.

Jones served time in prison in the 1980s for insurance fraud and selling drugs. He was barred from possessing firearms and ammunition because of those convictions, according to the indictment.

His counseling practice was located at his home west of the Anderson city limits.

Hearing Jones' case was Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.

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