Doctor, hospital owner convicted of health care fraud, money laundering in Houston federal case

Doctor, hospital owner convicted of health care fraud, money laundering in Houston federal case

A Houston federal jury billed two men of healthcare fraud and funds washing Friday after finding they'd published false medical test claims and patient records in the multi-million-dollar fraudulent plan.

Harcharan Narang, a 50-year-old internal medicine physician who owned a clinic in Cypress, and Dayakar Moparty, a 47-year-old former the master of Red Oak Hospital, address 10 years in federal prison for each of 17 healthcare fraud counts.

Narang and Moparty also could receive around two decades for each of three money washing counts.

The Two medical professionals made millions by supplying patients tests that have been not required and billing patients for tests they did not receive, all while charging them at greater-than-usual reimbursement rates, the jury found.

Furthermore they acquired greater reimbursement rates from healthcare companies, for instance Blue Mix Blue Shield, Cigna and Aetna, by searching into making patients appear sicker compared to they really were when finishing home healthcare forms, in line with the U.S. Department of Justice. Moparty also told his employees to falsely bill patients for medical services at Red Oak Hospital as well as other entities they never received. Using the plan, Red Oak Hospital received $3.2 million from healthcare benefit programs, prosecutors mentioned. Moparty then compensated Narang about $3 million through various corporate entities of Narang.
The jury deliberated for less than four hrs, prosecutors mentioned, transporting out a 2-week trial through which patients regularly testified they received the identical number of unneeded or unprovided tests.

The federal government jury also billed Moparty and Narang of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, the identical charge that another co-conspirator, 67-year-old Gurnaib Sidhu of Houston, had already pleaded guilty. Sidhu delays for sentencing.

A sentencing hearing for Narang and Moparty is positioned for June 20, before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. They are permitted to remain on bond with ankle monitors.