10 Physician Fraud and Abuse Cases Making Recent Headlines

Here are 10 recent fraud and abuse cases involving physicians. Click the links to learn more about each case.

1. Louisiana Orthopedic Surgeon Sentenced for Healthcare Fraud: New Orleans-based orthopedic surgeon Windsor Dennis, MD, has been sentenced to one year of home confinement and ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution for defrauding the federal workers' compensation program.  

2. Five Physicians, Six Others Charged in Sacramento-Based Medicare Fraud Scheme: Five physicians and six others have been indicted by a grand jury for their roles in running an alleged $5 million Medicare fraud scheme in Sacramento, Calif.

3. Houston Internist, Two Drivers Convicted in Medicare DME Fraud Scheme: Houston physician Howard Grant, MD, and Houston residents Clinton Lee and Obisike Nwankwo were convicted by a federal jury for their roles in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme involving durable medical equipment.

4. New Jersey Neurologist Indicted for Healthcare Fraud: New Jersey physician Magdy Elamir, MD, was indicted for healthcare fraud and writing unnecessary prescriptions.

5. Florida General Practitioner Charged as Part of Healthcare Fraud Sting: Jorge J. Dieppa, MD, a general practitioner, along with about 24 other suspects in Florida, was charged with healthcare fraud as a part of a federal crackdown that charged 94 people in five cities with plotting to defraud Medicare of $251 million.

6. Oral Surgeon Physician Pleads Guilty to Fraud: Ali Makki, MD, a physician from Dearborn, Mich., has pleaded guilty to three separate felony charges, including healthcare fraud, falsifying documents and failing to correctly report income.

7. Texas Pain Medicine Physician Charged With Healthcare Fraud: A $41.8 million judgment is sought by the federal government after a federal grand jury charged pain management physician and psychiatrist Anthony Francis Valdez, MD, with carrying out a healthcare fraud scheme.

8. Pennsylvania Internal Medicine Physician Sentenced to Prison for Healthcare Fraud: John D. Kristofic, MD, an internal medicine physician in Pittsburgh, has been sentenced to one year in prison followed by three years of supervised release for committing healthcare fraud.

9. Michigan Internal Medicine Physician Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison for Medicare Fraud Scheme: Toe Myint, MD, a physician from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was sentenced to 72 months in prison and ordered to pay $3.1 million for his role in a $4.2 million Medicare fraud scheme.

10. Colorado Family Practitioner and Unlicensed Associate Charged With Fraud: Terry Gardner, MD, and Dilorom Asimova, both of Colorado, have been indicted on healthcare fraud charges.

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