An Indian physical therapy assistant in the US has pleaded guilty for his
role in a USD 13.8 million healthcare fraud scheme and faces 10 years in prison.
Ankit Patel, 28, of Detroit pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit
healthcare fraud before US District Judge Gerald Rosen of the Eastern District
Patel is scheduled to be sentenced in March 2013 and faces a maximum penalty of
10 years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine.
According to court documents, beginning in June 2009 Patel received payments for
falsifying medical documentation for Physicians Choice Home Health Care, a home
health agency owned by his alleged co-conspirators.
Another co-conspirator instructed Patel on how to falsify medical documentation.
He also signed therapy revisit notes as a physical therapy assistant for
patients he did not see or treat.
Patel admitted to knowing that the documents he falsified and the documents he
signed would be used to support false claims to federal insurance programme
Medicare for home health services.
According to Patel’s plea agreement, he was also paid to create and sign
falsified medical documentation for other Detroit-area home healthcare companies
that billed Medicare for approximately a million dollars.
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