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Cardiologist convicted on 51 counts of fraud

Compliance Monitor, January 7, 2009

On December 30, 2008, a federal jury convicted Dr. Mehmood Patel, of Lafayette, LA, on 51 counts of healthcare fraud, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release

According to the DOJ, Patel falsified patient symptoms in medical records as well as findings on medical tests. Patel also allegedly performed unnecessary coronary procedures such as deploying angioplasty balloons and stents.

During the period covered by the indictment, 1999-2003, Dr. Patel billed Medicare and private insurance companies more than $3 million and received more than $500,000. During that period Patel was the number one biller in cardiology services in Louisiana.

Patel faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine not more than $250,000.

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