The province is suing a former Sherwood Park family doctor.

Vincenzo Visconti was hit with the lawsuit after a review of his practice found he received almost $5-million in alleged overpayments.

Visconti had his medical license permanently cancelled by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta in 2019 after an investigation found he was overprescribing opioids. 

Last year, the former doctor pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and admitted to billing $17,504 in false claims to Alberta Health. He was sentenced to a year of house arrest and was ordered to repay the money.

The investigation into his suspicious activity continued. In a statement claim filed in March 2022 at the Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Health claims a compliance review also found the accused had received overpayments of $4.9-million in benefits for claims between April 2016 and April 2018. 

Regarding the March statement of claim, the civil suit was reportedly filed because payment wasn't received from the defendant.

Under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act, the government is entitled to charge up to eight per cent annual interest on the amount owed.