U.K. — Trust me, I’m a fake doctor: how medical imposters thrive in the real world 

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From the Guardian news article: It couldn’t happen in real life, though, could it? It already has. Others with medical backgrounds have posed as fully fledged doctors before. Take Levon Mkhitarian who encountered 3,363 patients in two years, working across seven NHS trusts on oncology, cardiology, transplant and surgical wards as well as in A&E. Mkhitarian, originally […]

US — Owner of Home Health Agency Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison for Involvement in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy 

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From the Department of Justice media release: According to the evidence presented at trial, from February 2006 through June 2015, Neba and others conspired to defraud Medicare by submitting over $10 million in false and fraudulent claims for home health services to Medicare through Fiango Home Healthcare Inc., owned by Neba and her husband, Ebong […]

U.S. –Podiatry Clinic Exposes Patients From Winnebago and Omaha Tribes To HIV, Hepatitis 

From the Iowa Public Radio news item: At least 35 people at the podiatry clinic of the Indian Health Service hospital in Winnebago, Neb., have possibly been exposed to Hepatitis and HIV. An instrument at the IHS clinic, which is near Sioux City, may not have been properly sterilized between patients. IHS is an agency […]

US: The Second Week of August is National Report Health Care Fraud Week 

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From the PRWeb media release: By some estimates, as much as ten percent of all health care expenditures are lost due to fraud.* Because U.S. health care spending exceeds $3 trillion a year (which is nearly $10,000 per person)** as much as $300 billion in health care costs could be lost annually to fraud. Because […]

U.S. Justice Department sets sights on opioid-ravaged cities 

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From the news item: Sessions said the group of prosecutors he has dubbed the “opioid fraud and abuse detection unit” will rely on data in their efforts to root out pill mills and track down doctors and other health care providers who illegally prescribe or distribute narcotics such as fentanyl and other powerful painkillers. Such […]

Canada — Hospital denies defaming former director accused in kickback scheme 

From the CBC News article: Marshall was one of two longtime Ottawa Hospital directors named in a statement of claim filed in January 2016 by the hospital, which alleged that they defrauded the institution in exchange for luxury vacations, free or inexpensive cars, and other family favours. Marshall responded to the allegations last week, claiming […]

U.S. — Connecticut Physicians Charged with Healthcare Fraud, Money Laundering 

From the IndiaWestnews article: U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly July 26 announced that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport returned an indictment charging Dr. Bharat Patel with narcotics distribution, healthcare fraud and money laundering offenses, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. Patel, 70, of Milford, Ct., […]

UK — Redhill woman faked identity and invented dependent children to defraud NHS 

From the Surrey Mirror: …Eleanor Bonde, 57, of Carrington Close, was handed a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Guildford Crown Court on June 26 after pleading guilty to three counts of fraud. The total loss to the NHS was £88,804.00 – enough to pay four newly qualified nurses’ annual salaries. Read more […]

US — Fla. health care admin charged in $1B Medicare fraud case 

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From the ABC News story: A Florida health care administrator accepted bribes in exchange for helping a nursing home owner accused of orchestrating a $1 billion Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme keep his license, federal prosecutors said. Blanco made about $31,300 a year overseeing inspections at nursing facilities owned by 48-year-old Philip Esformes, an extremely […]

USA — Milford Doctor Indicted On Drug, Health Care Fraud Charges 

From the Milford Patch news article: The two doctors are accused of writing prescriptions for cash to addicts, money laundering and millions of dollars in health care fraud. Both operated out of Family Health Urgent Care at 235 Main St. in Norwalk. Around 2012, Mansourov purchased the practice from Patel and renamed it Family Urgent […]