Optometrist from Derby sentenced to prison for bogus exam scheme

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:

• 177 exams by Abbey and 160 by his wife, on Jan. 6, 2010

• 197 exams by Abbey and 186 by his wife, on Jan. 20, 2010

• 207 exams by Abbey and 185 by his wife, on March 31, 2010

• 187 exams by Abbey and 176 by his wife, on June 23, 2010.

Abbey and his wife were both paid hourly wages and other fees for each full exam, Grissom said.