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Delaware pain physician indicted in $12.7M Medicare fraud scheme: 4 details

The Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against a Wilmington, Del.-based pain physician for allegedly participating in a scheme to defraud Medicare of millions of dollars.

 

Four things to know:

1. Frederick Gooding, MD, president and CEO of Gooding Medical Corp., based in Wilmington, was charged with 11 counts of healthcare fraud and arrested on Aug. 1.

2. Dr. Gooding is charged with billing Medicare for medically unnecessary procedures including injections and aspirations. In some cases, the procedures were not provided, and Dr. Gooding is accused of falsifying medical documents to make it appear that he delivered medically necessary services to Medicare beneficiaries, when that was not the case.

3. From January 2015 to August 2018, Dr. Gooding is accused of submitting fraudulent claims that resulted in $12.7 million in payment.

4. Dr. Gooding appeared in court on Aug. 2, but a trial date has not been set.

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