Dr. Thomas Bailey, 52, of Lexa and a family practitioner in Helena, was charged by the Arkansas Attorney General's Office with three felonies Monday March 5, for his part in a fraudulent medical billing scam that totaled about $289,000, in Pulaski County District Court. Four other people involved in the case were arrested in Octorber of 2017.

Dr. Bailey, Debra Stewart, 59, of Helena, Charline Brandon, 61, of Cleveland, Mississippi, Clotee Downs, 79, of Clarksdale, Mississippi and Pearlie Bailey, 63, of Hollandale, Mississippi are charged with fraudulantly billing for services not rendered. Dr. Bailey reportedly signed documents stating patients were terminally ill when they were not. Hospice paid Bailey $141,000 and he improperly billed $6280 for other services from March 2011 to January 2018.

Dr. Bailey, the medical director of Bridge of Faith Hospice, was charged with One Count Medicare Fraud, a Class B Felony; One Count Healthcare Fraud, a Class B Felony; and One Count engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, a Class Y Felony. Dr. Bailey was released on $5,000 bond.