NBI releases clinic owner tagged in dialysis scam: lawyer

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2019 11:26 AM | Updated as of Jun 16 2019 01:19 PM

MANILA -- The National Bureau of Investigation on Sunday released the co-owner of a dialysis center in Quezon City after 6 days in detention in connection with alleged fraudulent claims, his lawyer said.

Dr. Bryan Sy, co-owner of WellMed Dialysis Center, was arrested Monday for allegedly ordering former employees to make dialysis treatment claims from state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on behalf of patients who had already died.

A Manila court on Saturday ordered Sy's release after his camp posted a P72,000 bail. However, he was not immediately released due to the absence of signatories from the NBI, said his lawyer, Rowell Ilagan.
 
Sy walked free from detention around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Ilagan said.

Last Friday, the Department of Justice indicted Sy, along with former employees Edwin Roberto and Leizel Aileen de Leon, for estafa through falsification of official documents.

Roberto and De Leon had bared the alleged WellMed racket, alleging that it made P800,000 in ghost PhilHealth claims from 2016 to 2018.

Sy on Thursday wrote Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and NBI Director Dante Gierran to demand his release because his detention had exceeded 36 hours.

Authorities have a maximum of 36 hours to detain a suspect without filing any charge in court, under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code.

With a report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News