Corporate Compliance

Maryland social worker pleads guilty to healthcare fraud

Compliance Monitor, May 14, 2008

Melvin Shandler, 61, of Chevy Chase, MD, faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding a U.S. Department of Defense healthcare benefit program, according to a Department of Justice press release.
Shandler, a licensed clinical social worker who provided private counseling services, also practiced social work at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. From June 2003 to May 2007, Shandler submitted an excessively high number of claims. An audit by the government revealed Shandler requested compensation for services he never performed or inflated the amount of time he spent with patients.
Shandler has agreed to pay $247,000 in restitution before he is sentenced. As part of a civil settlement, he will pay an additional $170,600.


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