Stefan Gatt, accused of participating in a drug treatment fraud scheme orchestrated by Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman, pleaded not guilty today in federal court.
Federal prosecutors said last week that Gatt, a 27-year-old bodybuilder charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, collected urine and saliva samples from Chatman’s two drug treatment centers, Journey to Recovery in Lake Worth and Reflections in Broward County.
In turn, Gatt gave Chatman kickbacks and bribes for sending him the samples, according to Gatt’s indictment.
“These kickbacks and bribes were sometimes disguised as gifts, investments and dividends,” the indictment states.
Prosecutors also said Gatt was a part-owner of Journey to Recovery, which wasn’t disclosed in corporate documents filed with the state or with the Department of Children and Family Services, which regulates treatment centers.
Chatman has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts that include sex trafficking, money laundering and health care fraud. He could spend up to life in prison.
Gatt could spend up to 10 years in prison.
He was working for two unidentified labs, according to the indictment — one in the federal court district that includes Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville, and one in Texas.
In U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach Monday, Gatt’s lawyer, Edward Salantrie, said his client is currently a rep for American Clinical Solutions, a toxicology lab in Tampa. Gatt did not make any statements.
Gatt is allowed to be out on $100,000 bond, but must surrender his passport, submit to drug testing and get permission before leaving the federal court’s southern district of Florida, which stretches from the Keys to the Treasure Coast.
U.S. Magistrate William Matthewman warned Gatt that although this was his first arrest, he should carefully obey the conditions of his release.
“This is a serious matter that you’re involved in now,” Matthewman said.