Jury finds former head of Texas hospital chain guilty of fraudulently billing Medicare

AP reports the conviction of a doctor in a case previously noted on this blog:

A North Texas physician who ran a now-closed hospital near Dallas has been convicted of conspiracy, identity theft and health care fraud.

A federal jury in Tyler found Dr. Tariq Mahmood guilty Thursday of more than $1 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims.

The Cedar Hill physician faces up to 10 years imprisonment for the conspiracy conviction, 10 years for each fraud count and two years for each identity theft count. No sentencing date has been set.

Read more on Daily Reporter, although it’s not clear from publicly available info which patients (from which facilities) had their Medicare or Medicaid numbers misused as part of the fraud and whether they were ever notified of same.

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