An optometrist from Derby who collected more than a half-million dollars for eye exams he never performed has been sentenced to three years and five months in federal prison in connection with the scheme, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Thursday.
Wade D. Abbey, of Derby, was ordered to the prison term and ordered to pay $583,060 in restitution — the amount paid for the bogus exams — after pleading guilty in February to five counts of wire fraud, Grissom said in a news release. Abbey has admitted he reported eye exams that were never performed while he and his wife, Mindy L. Abbey, worked for Visions Doctors of Optometry.
Grissom said Wade Abbey reported:
Abbey and his wife were both paid hourly wages and other fees for each full exam, Grissom said.