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Indian- American Doctor Charged For Pocketing $1 Million In Healthcare Fraud

| April 29 , 2018 , 15:43 IST

An Indian American doctor in Chicago has been charged with federal fraud after allegedly pocketing $1 million in payments from Medicare and a private insurer for fake nonexistent treatments, the NDTV reported.

Federal prosecutors said that the doctor used some of his patients’ names without their knowledge to submit fraudulent claims on their behalf.

12 count indictments allege that Dr Pranav Patel, who owned and operated Medical Care in Chicago, submitted fraudulent claims for medical tests and examinations that were never performed.

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From the year 2008 to 2013 Dr Patel’s Clinic fraudulently obtained at least $ 950,000 in payments from Medicare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Illinois, the indictment states.

The indictment charged Dr Patel, 51, with seven counts of health care fraud three counts of making false statements in relation to a health care matter, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

His delinquency is set for 15 May.

 It further reported that on at least one occasion, Dr Patel prepared a misleading medical record indicating that a patient had come to the office for a follow-up visit and examination, when in fact, the patient had actually come to the office to re-fill a prescription.