A doctor who formerly practiced in Bethalto and Collinsville has been taken into custody in the South American country of Columbia after spending the last 12 years on the run. 65-year old, Dr. Juan Rios was arrested by U.S. Marshal's and brought back to East St. Louis where he was arraigned charges of health care fraud, mail fraud, misuse of a Social Security number, and failure to appear yesterday.
The indictment against Dr. Rios alleges that he billed insurance companies for services he had not rendered, fraudulently claimed total disability insurance proceeds and used Social Security numbers that did not belong to him in 2000.
He faces up to 35 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million if convicted. His trial will begin on August 27th.