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Former Macclenny physician arrested on 822 fraud counts

Charles Scarborough Just over a year after the state stripped former Macclenny physician Charles Scarborough of his medical license, investigators arrested him on one count of fraud in excess of $50,000 and 821 counts of filing false or fraudulent insurance claims.

Dr. Scarborough was taken into custody at 8 am on October 25 at his residence in southwest Clay County, said Special agent supervisor Andrew Shedlock with FDLE’s Jacksonville Regional Operations Center.

The single count is a first degree felony that could net Dr. Scarborough, 76, up to 30 years in prison. The other counts are third-degree felonies, which are punishable by up to five years in prison.

The investigation began last year when authorities identified Dr. Scarborough as “a significant prescriber of controlled substances in Northeast Florida,” according to a statement from FDLE.

FDLE reported that investigators said they discovered evidence allegedly linking the former Macclenny resident to overprescribing medications and allowing unlicensed and untrained staff to practice medicine.

“The employees were then being directed to inflate medical billing to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers for a level of service that the patient did not receive,” reads the FDLE statement. “Interviews with employees indicated that Scarborough, a sole practitioner, pushed his staff to see 50 or more patients a day and bill for medical issues not addressed and treatment not received …”

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Service Friday for Eugene Blount

Eugene Bryan Blount Jr., 65, of Macclenny died on October 26, 2012 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center with family by his side. He was born in Nassau County, Florida on October 16, 1947 to the late Eugene Bryan Blount Sr. and Juanita Carroll Blount. Eugene was a resident of Macclenny since 1981 and now resides with the Lord. He retired after 12 years of dedicated service at Safety Fire and Sprinkler as a pipe fitter and attended New Life Church of God. Eugene enjoyed fishing, cooking, yard work, and being outdoors. He was also an avid NASCAR and football fan,  and enjoyed watching boxing. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Margaret Blount and  brother Charles Craig Blount.

Mr. Blount is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Annette Blount of Macclenny;  sons Jason Eugene Blount and Martin W. (April) Goethe; brothers James Elmer (Sara) Blount and Jerry Wayne (Ann) Blount;  sister Diane Blount; grandchildren Shayla Alyssa Goethe and Ashton William Goethe.

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Funeral Oct. 27 for Mrs. Holden

Wilheminia Cook Holden of Baldwin died on October 20, 2012. She was a licensed cosmetologist who also worked for a time at Northeast Florida State Hospital.

Mrs. Holden accepted Christ at an early age and after moving to Baldwin joined the Camel Chapel AME Church where she was a pianist and secretary of the Missionary Society. Her hobbies included Word Search and crocheting.

She is survived by grandson Anthony Brown; sister Louisa Cook Gunter; ten great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; nieces nephews, cousins, goddaughter Zondra Mathis, special friend Laura Thomas.

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Adam Ross, 31, funeral on Friday

Adam James Ross, 31, of Jefferson, Louisiana died October 25, 2012 at his residence. He  was born in Parkersburg, WV on July 13, 1981 to Thomas Ross and Valerie Tilson Markos. Adam was raised in Middleburg and resided in Louisiana for the past six years. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and passionately followed them his entire life. Adam enjoyed building models, classic vintage cars and collecting vintage comic books. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Georgia Tilson and his paternal grandfather Honus Ross.

Mr. Ross is survived by his mother Valerie (Dennis) Markos of Lake Butler; his father Tom (Susan) Ross of Middleburg; his beloved wife Sarah Sommer Day of Jefferson; his first wife Abbegail Dabbelt; son Jonathan Ross; brothers Tommy (Melissa) Ross of Kentucky, Sean and Phillip Ross, both of Middleburg;  nephew Tyler Ross; maternal grandfather Charles Tilson of Macclenny; paternal grandmother Rose Ross of Rainelle, WV;  many cousins.

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