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Lafayette cardiologist loses bid to overturn health care fraud conviction

A well-regarded Lafayette cardiologist recently lost his attempt to have his health care fraud conviction overturned and so must report to prison to begin his 10-year sentence no later than Dec. 17.

The doctor was accused of billing private insurers and government agencies for more than $2 million in heart procedures that were not necessary. Authorities have said he misled patients as to whether their procedures were vital and then falsified reimbursement paperwork to make it appear that the work did indeed need to happen.

The doctor was convicted of 51 counts of health care fraud in June 2009, but has been pursuing every avenue to overturn his conviction ever since. He has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and requested that he not be required to begin his sentence until he hears whether the court will take up his case. The appeals court, however, denied that request.

A key issue in this case, according to the doctor's legal team, is how, if and whether criminal laws should be applied to determine whether a doctor's judgment as to what is medically necessary is sound.

Because this case deals with the application of criminal laws to the professional judgment of doctors, it has attracted a fair amount of national attention.

Source: The Advocate, "Doctor expected to report to prison," Richard Burgess, Dec. 4, 2012

  • White collar crimes, such as health care fraud, are among the cases we take on in our Lafayette office. For more information about white collar crimes, the cases we take and our law office in general, you could consider visiting our White Collar Crimes page.

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