An Indian-American physician couple was indicted on charges of committing healthcare fraud by executing unnecessary medical tests and procedures for patients to get payouts from insurance providers.
Dr Ashis K Rakhit, 65, and his wife Jayati Gupta Rakhit, 56, specialise in cardiovascular disease and internal medication and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.
According to the indictment, the Rakhits arranged and performed unnecessary clinical evaluations between 2011 and 2018, such as unnecessary nuclear stress tests, cardiac catheterizations, bone density scans, echocardiograms, EKGs, carotid artery tests, lymph ultrasounds of their thighs and abdominal ultrasounds.
They also listed false symptoms in individual records to justify medically unnecessary tests on patients, such as shortness of breath, palpitations, hypertension and abnormalities of breathing, according to the indictment.
The Rakhits charged Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies with codes that are inflated to reflect a ceremony more costly than that which was actually done, according to the indictment.
The Rakhits also intentionally dispersed and dispensed controlled substances away from the usual course of medical practice.
Ashis Rakhit is charged by dispersing Percocet and Xanax at 2017, whereas Jayati Rakhit is charged by dispersing Tramadol, according to the indictment.
“This bunch violated the trust of the patients, the citizens and the community,” US lawyer Justin E Herdman said.
“They performed unnecessary medical tests and charged for services that they did not really provide in exchange for prescription drugs – all this in a time in which our area is inundated in fatalities and addiction,” he explained.
“Not only did these doctors put their patients via unnecessary medical procedures so they could line their pockets with extra income, but they additionally prescribed controlled narcotics which were not medically needed,” said FBI special agent responsible for Stephen D Anthony.