United States Attorney Announces $650,000 Settlement For False Claims

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced a $650,000 settlement was reached with Acadiana Cardiology LLC, Acadiana Cardiovascular Center and convicted doctor, Mehmood Patel, M.D., concerning allegations that Patel performed unnecessary medical procedures and billed Medicare.

In the criminal proceedings, Patel was indicted on 94 counts of health care fraud on February 16, 2006, and a jury found him guilty on December 30, 2008 after a two-month trial of 51 counts of health care fraud. He was sentenced on June 4, 2009, to serve 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $387,511 in restitution and a $175,000 fine. In August of 2006, Our Lady of Lourdes agreed to pay a $3.8 million settlement, and in January of 2008, Lafayette General Medical Center agreed to pay a $1.9 million settlement to settle claims.

Read more here: http://www.justice.gov/usao-wdla/pr/united-states-attorney-announces-650000-settlement-acadiana-cardiology-acadiana

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