A federal grand jury convicted a Temecula doctor of Medicare fraud earlier this month. The man performed unneeded medical procedures on patients and recruited beneficiaries to participate in the fraud.
According to prosecutors, the doctor initiated the scheme in 2012 and falsely diagnosed patients with a condition called venous insufficiency. The condition prevents adequate blood circulation from the legs to the heart. Following the diagnosis, the doctor performed medically unnecessary procedures. He also billed Medicare using the wrong service codes to increase his payments. In addition, the doctor repackaged used medical supplies.
During the time of the fraud, the doctor submitted more than $12M in claims and received $4.5M in reimbursements. Authorities arrested the doctor in 2016 as part of a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud. He was among 22 California providers arrested in the sweeps. In the past 12 years, federal authorities have arrested more than 4,000 providers and accused them of improper billing. The cumulative losses totaled nearly $20B in that time. The man will return to court in March for sentencing.
Los Angeles Fraud Lawyer
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Federal prosecutors are extremely aggressive, so your best defense strategy must include an aggressive federal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend has built a reputation for his assertive defense, and will fight hard for you in court. Many defendants facing federal charges assume that their best option is to seek a plea deal.
A plea deal may or may not be in your best interest. Your best option depends entirely on the circumstances of your case. An experienced attorney can help you determine your best course of action, and provide legal support to you throughout the adjudication process.
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