Indian-American physiotherapist sentenced to 10 years in jail

MICHIGAN (TIP): An Indian- American physiotherapist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay over $10 million in restitution for his role in a multi-million dollar healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme.

Chiradeep Gupta, 39, of Michigan was sentenced by US district judge Denise Page Hood in the eastern district of Michigan. In addition to the 120 months prison term, Gupta was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-defendants, acting assistant attorney general Mythili Raman of the justice department’s criminal division said in a statement on Friday.

Gupta, a physiotherapist and partowner of a home healthcare company, was found guilty at trial in October 2012 of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and three substantive counts of money laundering. The fraud scheme totaled almost $11 million.

According to evidence presented at trial, Gupta and his co-conspirators submitted false and fraudulent claims to federal social insurance program Medicare through a home healthcare company, which purported to provide skilled nursing and physical therapy services to Medicare beneficiaries in the greater Detroit area.

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