Guyana-born cardiologist sentenced to 20 years in US prison for overbilling Medicare

Guyana-born cardiologist sentenced to 20 years in US prison for overbilling Medicare

Published on December 28, 2015 – Caribbean News Now

CLEVELAND, USA — A Guyana-born cardiologist was sentenced to 20 years in prison on December 18, 2015, for performing unnecessary catheterizations, tests, stent insertions and causing unnecessary coronary artery bypass surgeries as part of a scheme to overbill Medicare and other insurers by $29 million, US law enforcement officials said.

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Dr Harold Persaud

Dr Harold Persaud, 56, was convicted earlier this year of one count of health care fraud, 13 counts of making false statements and one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from criminal activity.

“This defendant used his medical licence as a licence to steal,” said First Assistant US Attorney Carole S. Rendon. “He inflated Medicare billings, falsified cardiac care records and performing needless and sometimes invasive tests and procedures. This prison sentence is well deserved.”  

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  • guyaneseonline  On 12/28/2015 at 12:35 pm

    Another report in the Guardian,UK

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/23/convicted-doctor-harry-persaud-medicare-fraud-obamacare

    by Joanna Walters – The Guardian UK: Convicted Doctor Blames Obamacare

    He was a trusted heart specialist who stepped in swiftly whenever he thought his patients were in peril, rushing them in for sophisticated tests and the promise of life-saving surgery.
    But federal investigators found that behind his professional demeanour, patients were falling victim to a massive confidence trick driven by greed.
    Dr Harry Persaud, 56, protested his innocence to the Guardian on Tuesday after it was revealed that the Ohio-based cardiologist will spend 20 years in prison for putting patients through invasive tests and open heart surgery that they did not need – billing insurers for millions in the process.

    Read more:
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/23/convicted-doctor-harry-persaud-medicare-fraud-obamacare

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 12/28/2015 at 1:37 pm

    Greed has no limits.

  • Wycliffe Thomas  On 12/28/2015 at 2:48 pm

    He should have been sentenced to life. Greedy bastard.

  • Rupert Milwood  On 12/29/2015 at 8:10 pm

    Or SPARKY

  • Gigi  On 01/01/2016 at 3:10 pm

    This is what happens in a society of hypochondriacs, old people refusing to age (yes, Medicare pays for liposuction, boobs and butt implants, face-lifts, Viagra/Sildenafil, and a boat load of made-up and invented diseases to feed a pill popping, pill addicted society hoping to cheat death and remain young forever), children born with intentional disabilities so that these so-called parents can receive lifelong disability handouts, and the whole cabal of entitled, unethical, insecure, stupid and morally bankrupt individuals. In America, having a medical condition and being on medication is now equated with having a high social status, an expensive necessity that only those with resources can afford. Even the poor have caught on, though they don’t pay for theirs. Next, are the parasitic doctors who feed and live off the ignorance and insecurity of their patients. And there are plenty of others operating in the different sectors of society.

    It was Plato who said that “justice is making the unjust argument just.” As along as society continues to justify what it does – from rewarding the rich for being the “job creators who are also burdened with the tireless responsibility of overseeing society” to the poor welfare mom who is burdened with producing low IQ serfs to be exploited for a cheap and steady labour pool, society will remain unchanged, especially as education is designed to control how people are taught to think and function within their society. Not to be overlooked are those who are employed to justify the injustice(s) and to keep this “justice” in place.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 02/21/2016 at 5:34 pm

    U.S.A. Attorney General Lynch Announces Medical Fraud Bust and Arrests

    – by Leslie Salzillo – Daily Kos

    Thursday brought good news for most Americans. Well, not so much for the 243 alleged crooks who have just been indicted for medical fraud by the Department of Justice. They are accused of claiming $712 million in false Medicare/Medicaid billing. It seems the real ‘Welfare Queens’ stealing from the taxpayers – are not impoverished women, at all. That myth and stereotype is debunked, yet again. This coordinated takedown is the largest in Strike Force history, both in terms of the number of defendants charged and loss amount.

    Here is an excerpt from the Department of Justice Press Release:

    “Health care fraud drives up health care costs, wastes taxpayer money, undermines the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and endangers program beneficiaries,” said Inspector General Levinson. “Today’s takedown includes perpetrators of prescription drug fraud, home health care fraud, and personal care services fraud, three particularly harmful types of fraud plaguing our health care system. This record-setting takedown sends a message to would-be perpetrators that health care fraud is a risky way to line your pockets. Our agents and our law enforcement partners stand ready to protect these vital programs and ensure that those who would steal from federal health care programs ultimately pay for their crimes.”

    Including today’s enforcement actions, nearly 900 individuals have been charged in national takedown operations, which have involved more than $2.5 billion in fraudulent billings. Today’s announcement marks the first time that districts outside of Strike Force locations participated in a national takedown, and they accounted for 82 defendants charged in this takedown.

    Arrests were made in Miami, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tampa, Brooklyn, and New Orleans. The DOJ – Department of Justice reports court documents for each case will be posted online as they become available:

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/documents-and-resources-june-2015-medicare-fraud-strike-force-press-conference

    Here’s to the millions who fought the good fight and are still advocating for the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. The highly successful healthcare reform law has implemented a Strike Team, and created more aggressive tools to detect medical fraud. Thanks, President Obama!

    And what a way for the new U.S. Attorney General to kick off her first few months on the job – Loretta Lynch was recently criticized for being too lenient on criminals. If this is her lenient side, I’m smiling at the thought of seeing her tough side.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 02/21/2016 at 5:55 pm

    I wanted to highlight this sentence, but it slipped me:

    It seems the real ‘WELFARE QUEENS’ stealing from the taxpayers – are not impoverished women, at all.

    In the last presidential race, the fools were talking up “the takers” on welfare. But, they failed to mention the factories that were sold to off-shore interests at a non-taxable profit, and the USA workers that were thrown out on the streets – jobless.

  • Albert  On 02/22/2016 at 10:33 am

    Constant number of patients, rapidly increasing number of doctors, decreasing healthcare payments, doctors trying to maintain their standard of living………..must lead to corruption.

    People think doctors make a bundle but that was in the old days. New doctors are struggling.

  • june Barry  On 02/22/2016 at 4:20 pm

    Why r Guyanese letting themselves down everywhere they go.

  • Albert  On 02/22/2016 at 6:38 pm

    Its unfortunate the media had to show a Guyanese doctor as a culprit when overbilling medicare is almost a common practice. It gives Guyanese a bad rap, when it was almost common knowledge some 20 years ago, doctors particularly from some other countries, were ripping off medicare. For example, a few years back a few Russian podiatrist in New York were caught fraudulently overbilling the health care industry for some fantastic sums.
    These crooked practices by many doctors were known for a long time but in many cases it was difficult to prove. A doctor or his partner falsely diagnose a situation, perform an unnecessary surgery, then bill and get paid. Difficult to prove the fraud.

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