courtroom.jpgHAMMOND, INDIANA (May 13, 2011) – An Indiana doctor who remained a fugitive until finally caught in Italy in 2009, is set to go to trial next January. Mark Weinberger, a Merrillville nose doctor, faces 22 counts of health care and insurance fraud.
U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon rejected a plea deal that stated Weinberger would plead guilty to the charges in exchange for a four-year prison sentence. The judge is concerned that Weinberger may be responsible for losses greater than the several hundred thousands of dollars contained in the 22 counts. One insurance company believes that figure is actually in the millions.
Weinberger filed patient insurance claims for surgeries he never performed. Weinberger even went so far as to put people under anesthesia without performing any procedures. In 2004, when patients began filing lawsuits, Weinberger fled the country which garnered him national attention as a fugitive until his arrest in Italy five years later.
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Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of health care fraud defense and represents the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Pain Management, and Florida Society of Neurology and has filed an amicus curiae brief in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Florida statutes regulating the operation of pain clinics, i.e., pill mills.
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WHITE COLLAR CRIME: HEALTH CARE FRAUD (West)(2010-2011 ed.) to arrange an immediate consultation.

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