Corporate Compliance

Detroit-area doctor sentenced to 36 months in prison for Medicare fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, December 22, 2010

Alan Silber, MD, will serve 36 months in prison for participating in a scheme to defraud the Medicare program, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Between November 2006 and March 2007, Silber routinely prescribed medically unnecessary medications to patients at RDM Centers Inc., a purported infusion clinic. The DOJ alleged that the clinic existed for the purpose of billing fictitious claims for injection and infusion therapy services to Medicare.

According to the DOJ, the owners of the clinic asked Silber to prescribe particular drugs to patients because Medicare would reimburse the medications at a high rate. Evidence at trial showed that Silber agreed to prescribe the medications even though he knew the patients did not need them.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Victoria A. Roberts also ordered Silber to pay approximately $649,000 in restitution, jointly and severally with co-defendants, and submit to three years of supervised release following his prison term.

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