A medical professional convicted of health care fraud stands to lose nearly everything.
On June 10, Northville pharmacist Lokesh Tayal was convicted of one count of health care fraud conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances – both of which are felonies. Mr. Tayal was sentenced to 5 years and 8 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution of more than $3.6 million.
In addition, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has suspended Mr. Tayal’s pharmacy license.
The conviction and license suspension stem from a case involving multiple area pharmacists. According to the U.S. Attorneys on the case, the pharmacists participated in an elaborate scheme to defraud Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The pharmacists paid cash kickbacks and other illegal remuneration to physicians to get them to write prescriptions that were medically unnecessary.
The pharmacists then billed for expensive medication that was never disbursed or was not medically necessary, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The U.S. Attorney summarized the Federal government’s current stance on health care fraud when she said “these defendants stole money from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which are designed to provide health care and medicine to some of our most vulnerable citizens.”
With the recent crackdown on fraud, medical professionals are facing not only hefty prison time and fines, but also the loss of their livelihood – revocation of their professional licenses. If you have been indicted or are concerned about health care fraud, contact the experienced and professional fraud team at Fausone Bohn, LLP for sound legal advice. Contact us at (248) 380-0000 or online at www.MichiganFraudLawyer.com.
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