A Chicago physician was sentenced to 30 months in prison for committing health care fraud over the course of 3 years. The man was submitting false diagnosis codes to justify unnecessary tests he had ordered for patients. He was found guilty of five counts of health care fraud and four counts of making false statements involving a health care benefits program and was sentenced to 30 months in prison along with a $15,000 fine.
Fraud expert Linda Webb, aka The Fraud Dog says it is a sad day when you can’t trust a doctor. Unscrupulous doctors taint the health industry for those other great doctors who provide excellent patient care. It’s unthinkable to believe that doctor would utilize their skills for fraud. Fraudulent doctors who order medically unnecessary tests, falsified patients’ medical records, and use false diagnosis codes on insurance claim forms to commit fraud. These types of fraudster make it harder for the honest doctors who provide superior patient care to people in need, charities, and even provide physicians health services to missions in depressed countries.