Corporate Compliance

Former CA physician settles fraud case for $2.2M

Compliance Monitor, December 24, 2008

Paul Lessler, a former physician in Newport Beach, CA, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle civil charges of conspiracy and healthcare fraud, according to an article published by The Orange County Register.
 
According to the article, Lessler bribed mentally ill and elderly patients to agree to medically unnecessary respiratory treatments, which he then billed to the Medicare program. According to the article, Lessler billed Medicare for nearly $12 million worth of unnecessary procedures.

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