NINE CHARGED IN LOUISIANA PATIENT RECRUITING SCAM

ekg.jpg NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Thirty-one counts of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, totaling $12.5 million, were returned by a New Orleans Federal Grand Jury. Health Plus Consulting, Saturn Medical Group, New Millennium Medical Group, plus nine individuals were indicted on counts of health care fraud.
The individuals recruited patients to visit to the clinics for tests that were never performed or necessary. The patients also moved from clinic to clinic, receiving the same unnecessary tests. In exchange for their participation in the scam, the patients received prescription drugs.
Investigators seized two residences deemed “proceeds” from the crimes as well as bank accounts of some of the defendants. Depending on the extent of their individual involvement, defendants face anywhere from 10 years to 230 years imprisonment and fines. The corporations, if found guilty, could be fined as well.
Healthcare Fraud Blog Publisher, Attorney Robert Malove, is an expert criminal trial lawyer as recognized by The Florida Bar. Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of health care fraud defense.
Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of pill mill 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.
If you, or someone you know is facing prosecution as a result of aggressive law enforcement activity of pill mills or doctor shopping, make sure you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the issues.
Federal Healthcare Fraud Strike Force teams are currently operating in 9 locations: Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, Brooklyn, Tampa, Baton Rouge, Dallas and Chicago.
If you or someone you know is a healthcare provider and in need of serious pill mills, doctor shopping or any healthcare fraud defense, please contact attorney Robert Malove, co-author of the noted treatise,
WHITE COLLAR CRIME: HEALTH CARE FRAUD (West)(2010-2011 ed.) to arrange an immediate consultation.