Corporate Compliance

Detroit physician guilty of Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, March 17, 2010

After a three week trial, a Detroit federal jury found Jose Castro-Ramirez, MD, guilty for his role in an $18.3 million Medicare fraud and kickback scheme, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Castro-Ramirez provided fictitious physical and occupational therapy services while working at several companies owned and operated by co-conspirator Suresh Chand. Castro-Ramirez persuaded Medicare beneficiaries to supply him with Medicare numbers and signatures on false documents in exchange for cash and prescription kickbacks.

According to the DOJ, Castro-Ramirez wrote thousands of unnecessary prescriptions between 2003 and 2007 and profited from his purported “home-visits” for which he billed Medicare in excess of $1.4 million. Medicare paid approximately $929,000.

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