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The Latest: Attorney: Alabama lawmaker 'guilty of no crimes'

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on an Alabama lawmaker charged with paying illegal kickbacks to benefit his health care business (all times local):

5 p.m.

An attorney for an Alabama lawmaker indicted on federal charges in an alleged kickback scheme says his client is "guilty of no crimes."

Republican state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle was arrested Thursday after being charged in U.S. District Court with paying kickbacks to a doctor's office that referred Medicare patients to his health care business.

Max Pulliam is Henry's defense attorney. He told The Associated Press that Henry's company provided legitimate services that improved people's health. He also said Henry "paid no kickbacks to any person."

Henry also took to Facebook to defend himself. He posted: "My goal was to help patients, and I did."

3:09 p.m.

An Alabama lawmaker has been indicted on federal charges that he paid kickbacks to a doctor's office that referred Medicare patients to his health care business.

The indictment against Republican state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery. He is charged with six counts of paying illegal kickbacks and other federal crimes.

News outlets report the charges involve a company called MyPractice24, of which Henry was an owner from 2015 through 2017. Prosecutors said in a news release that Henry paid kickbacks to a Montgomery physician's office that referred patients to Henry's company for chronic care management. Prosecutors say the doctor's office would then share Medicare reimbursements with Henry's company.

Henry's attorney, Max Pulliam, did not did not immediately return a phone message.

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