Prominent Florida Eye doctor Convicted on All Counts
“This criminal physician will be held accountable for perpetuating a massive fraud scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses.” (Acting U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida Benjamin G. Greenberg)
In West Palm Beach Florida a well-known eye specialist was found guilty today on a stunning 67 counts of Medicare fraud.
Yeah, we know. Sounds like the same ‘ol tired criminal-doctor scenario, doesn’t it?
According to federal prosecutors, Doctor Salomon Melgen, age 62, routinely submitted false insurance claims and lied on patient medical charts, in order to justify medical treatments that were either not performed or were unnecessary. In doing so he illegally stole more than $100,000,000 dollars from the U.S. insurance carrier. The bulk of the theft occurred over the years 2008-2013.
During the trial, prosecuting attorneys demonstrated that Melgren would see as many as 100 patients per day. He was able to do this because he routinely spent no more than a few seconds doing exams that medically required 5-10 minutes to perform correctly. He would then bill Medicare $200-$300 for each worthless test.
The prosecution pointed out to the court that the daffy-duck doc often billed Medicare for detailed eye treatments of patients with artificial eyes.
Yes, you read that right.
This unscrupulous idiot – an immigrant of the Dominican Republic – is believed to have stolen more money from Medicare than any other single doctor thief in history.
Medical Miscreant Melgren could get 20 years in prison, although you can bet the house he won’t. Neither will he be deported.
The United States does not deport criminal physicians. We spank their sassy butts and then relicense them.
America. What a country.
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