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Chicago Doctor Indicted for Approving Medically Unnecessary In-Home Tests

Case: Working out of a Chicago-based clinic, a doctor allegedly prescribed and authorized ultrasounds, percutaneous allergen and nerve transmission for Medicare patients even though he knew the in-home tests weren’t medically necessary. During the course of the four-year scheme, he approved the tests after they had been completed, the indictment contends. He now faces six fraud charges, each of which carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

Significance: The details of the alleged scheme particularly smarmy—albeit not necessarily true. According to the indictment, the doctor attempted to cover his tracks by submitting fraudulent bills from multiple entities. Then, once the entities received payment from Medicare, they sent him a check representing a percentage of the proceeds as his share for the business.

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