DALLAS (CBS11) – A Dallas doctor indicted on federal Medicare fraud charges is being accused of having multiple wives.
Dr. Angel Claudio is facing the fraud charges after a recent “Strike Force” investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in early March.
Shortly after the news broke of the indictment Kim Leonard, who says she married Claudio in Nevada a few years ago, said she got a call from another woman claiming to also be married to Claudio.
“No one in their right mind would do this to other people,” said Leonard.
Leonard said she dated Claudio for quite some time and marrying him seemed to be the right move.
“It was like a fairytale,” said Leonard. “I felt I put the time and energy into getting to know him. I really in my heart felt I knew who he was.”
That was before she got a call from another woman who claimed she married Claudio in West Palm Beach, Florida during the same time Leonard was married to Claudio. The two women exchanged documents of their marriages and started putting it all together.
Texas public records show Claudio has been married four times and divorced once. The record do not include his marriage to Leonard in Nevada.
“I’m bringing this forward because I want other women to be aware. I wish someone would have told us,” said Leonard.
No one answered the door at Claudio’s office in Dallas and the name plate had been removed.
A woman answered the door at his current listed address in Granbury, Texas. She said he was not available and was aware of the story.
“Never in my life did I think I’d be in this position,” said Leonard. “Who knows how big this is? I think this is unbelievable.”
Law experts said “bigamy” is a 3rd degree felony.
Claudio is currently facing two counts of healthcare fraud.
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