US NRI couple to pay $7.75 million for fraud

NitaPatelkirtishDr. Kirtish N Patel and Nita K Patel, both age 53, who owned and operated Biosound Medical Services Inc and Heart Solutions, a mobile diagnostic testing company in New Jersey, has been ordered by a US court to pay $7.75 million for committing a multi-million healthcare fraud. They had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge.

The couple had created fake diagnostic test reports and forged signatures on them, then billed Medicare for the fake reports. They also billed Medicare for neurological tests they conducted without the required physician supervision.

The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the False Claims Act that allows private citizens with knowledge of fraud, to bring civil actions on behalf of the government, and to share in any recovery.

Incidentally the Patel’s huge fraud gains were used for personal expenses, including multiple residences and luxury vehicles.