Indian American Pleads Guilty for Role in Healthcare Fraud

NEW YORK (TIP): Ankit Patel, an Indian physical therapy assistant settled in America has pleaded guilty for his involvement in a $13.8 million healthcare fraud scheme, according to agency reports. Patel, who is scheduled to be sentenced next year, in the month of March, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison along with a fine of $250,000. Patel faked medical documentation for a home health agency, Physicians Choice Home Health Care and took payment for that, say court documents.

He started involving himself in the fraud scheme three years before, from June 2009. Patel got instructions from one of his partners; the ways to falsify medical documentation. Apart from receiving payments, he also signed therapy revisit notes for patients he did not see or treat. Patel has admitted the fact that he was aware about using the documents he falsified to support false claims to Medicare for home health services.

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