Corporate Compliance

Miami physician sentenced to 41 months in prison for $2.3 million fraud scheme

Compliance Monitor, March 16, 2011

Jerry A. Spiegel, MD, of Boynton Beach, FL, will serve 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in $2.3 million healthcare fraud scheme, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. Spiegel will also pay $880,000 in restitution and relinquish his medical license.

Spiegel served as medical director for three Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS-infusion clinics. According to the DOJ, Spiegel ordered patient prescriptions without examining patients or reviewing patient files. Spiegel prescribed HIV/AIDS-infusion medications that were not medically necessary and were not administered to patients.

During Spiegel's time as medical director, the prescriptions Spiegel signed allowed the clinics to bill Medicare for more than $2.3 million in fraudulent claims, according to the DOJ.

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