A Michigan doctor pled guilty to charges by Federal prosecutors that he was involved in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare of $2.5 million in fraudulent charges.
Investigators say the 65-year-old man offered and gave kickbacks of scrips for controlled substances to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for agreeing to his services and referrals to co-conspiring home health care services.
In addition, investigators say the defendant prescribed medically unnecessary treatments for the Medicare beneficiaries, which were used by the home health care providers to fraudulently bill Medicare.
All told, the defendant admitted in his guilty plea that his actions led to $2.5 million in fraudulent charges to be billed to Medicare between 2012 and 2018. He pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Sean F. Cox of the Eastern District of Michigan last week and is scheduled to be sentenced by the same judge in late September this year.
Charges in the case were brought by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is a team of agents from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. First formed in 2007, the Strike Force has charged almost 4,000 defendants with a combined total of $14 billion in allegedly fraudulent charges to Medicare and other government health insurance programs.
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