More than two years after he settled allegations of federal health care fraud and his well-known network of urgent care centers was shuttered, Dr. Barron Nason filed for bankruptcy Thursday.
Court documents show his assets are valued at less than $50,000 and he owes creditors between $1 million and $10 million. The records include a list of more than two dozen interested parties, including Nason's former business partner, some of his relatives, several attorneys, four banks, the Internal Revenue Service and the state Department of Revenue.
A bankruptcy hearing has been scheduled for April 19. Attorney Michael Drose, who will represent Nason in bankruptcy court, did not immediately return a message Friday.
In January 2015, after a lengthy investigation, the federal government announced the owners of Nason Medical Center must pay more than $1 million to settle allegations that they committed health care fraud.
At the time, U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles, who has since retired, alleged Nason Medical Center submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE and billed the government for tests, including potentially harmful CT scans, that were not medically necessary.
Nason Medical Center opened in Mount Pleasant in 2005 and quickly expanded throughout the Lowcountry. All five offices closed in late 2015. The buildings are now leased by Roper St. Francis and several of the hospital system's Express Care offices have opened in the spaces.
A spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation confirmed Friday that Nason remains licensed to practice medicine in this state.