A District of Columbia doctor was indicted last week on allegations of involvement in a scheme to defraud Medicare of $12.7 million dollars by submitting claims for medical procedures he never performed.
The 68-year-old man was arrested last Thursday and charged with 11 counts of health care fraud. Per investigators, the defendant was part of a scheme to submit claims to Medicare for injections and aspirations that were either not medically necessary, not provided, or both. As he allegedly was fully aware of the unneeded and unperformed nature of his actions, prosecutors say he falsified medical documents to show that the procedures were medically necessary and were actually performed.
Investigators say the scheme began in early January 2015 and continued through last August. They say that in that span of time the defendant submitted or caused to be submitted over $12.7 million in claims to Medicare.
The charges against the defendant are the result of an investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is an organization made up of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. To date, the Strike Force has charged almost 4,000 individuals with a total of over $14 billion in alleged fraud to Medicare and other government health care insurance programs.
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