Sunday, July 31, 2011

Salisbury doctor found guilty of health care fraud (USA)

A Salisbury cardiologist faces as many as 35 years in prison after a federal jury this week found him guilty of six counts of health care fraud. A federal jury in Baltimore on Tuesday convicted John R. McLean, 59, of Salisbury, on six healthcare fraud offenses in connection with a scheme during which he submitted insurance claims for inserting unnecessary cardiac stents, ordered unnecessary tests and made false entries in patient medical records in order to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. McLean faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for health care fraud and five years for each of five counts of making false statements related to health care matters. The government is also seeking a forfeiture of over $700,000 believed to be the proceeds of the scheme

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