Minal Patel Convicted Of Huge $463 Million Healthcare Fraud
ATLANTA, GA (IANS) – An Indian American lab owner has been convicted for his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting over $463 million in genetic and other laboratory tests that patients did not need.
Patel is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7, next year, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the first conspiracy count, 10 years on each health care fraud count, five years on the second conspiracy count, 10 years on each kickback count, and 20 years on the third conspiracy count.
According to court documents and evidence presented at the trial on December 14, Atlanta-based Minal Patel, 44, owned LabSolutions LLC — a lab enrolled with Medicare that performed sophisticated genetic tests. From July 2016 to August 2019, LabSolutions submitted more than $463 million in claims to Medicare, including for medically unnecessary genetic tests, of which Medicare paid over $187 million, according to the US Department of Justice.
In that timeframe, Patel personally received over $21 million in Medicare proceeds.
He conspired with patient brokers, telemedicine companies, and call centers to target Medicare beneficiaries with telemarketing calls falsely stating that Medicare covered expensive cancer genetic tests.
After the Medicare beneficiaries agreed to take a test, Patel paid kickbacks and bribes to patient brokers to obtain signed doctors’ orders authorizing the tests from telemedicine companies, a Department of Justice statement noted.
To conceal the kickbacks, Patel required patient brokers to sign contracts that falsely stated that they were performing legitimate advertising services for LabSolutions.
The telemedicine doctors approved the expensive testing even though they were not treating the beneficiaries and often did not even speak with them, the statement said.
The federal jury in the Southern District of Florida convicted Patel of one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and wire fraud, three counts of healthcare fraud, and one count of conspiracy to defraud the US and to pay and receive illegal healthcare kickbacks.
He was also convicted of four counts of paying illegal healthcare kickbacks, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
DEPORT THIS BASTARDDecember 15, 2022
Justice will not be served by deportation. He must pay here where the crime was committed.December 16, 2022
V. J. Yagnik
Such acts defames our country moreover the Patel Community. He should be made to pay all he earned and sentenced to DEATH.December 16, 2022
Why Medicare paid him and never investigatedDecember 22, 2022
He was born in the US….December 17, 2022
Should get life imprisonmentDecember 18, 2022
Take all his assets.
Will have a nice boyfriend in prison for many yearsDecember 18, 2022
He should get life in prison take all his assets gives bad name to Patel Community. “Patel” name should be hold high such endless greedy bastard tarnishes our image.December 19, 2022
He should be jailed for life timeJanuary 11, 2023
And take all his assets
Crazy thing, i met him personally and he is one of the most giving people you’ll ever meet, good kind person.January 27, 2023
He helped many people who were hooked on drugs in atlanta GA
May God judge him for his crime, very impressed about all of this, never expected him to be in such a horrible situation