A doctor from Brookline was indicted on Tuesday for money laundering and healthcare fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins.
Pankaj Merchia, 49, a sleep medicine physician of Brookline and of Boca Raton, Florida, was indicted on three counts of money laundering and one count of health care fraud, Rollins said. Merchia self-surrendered and was in federal court at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Boston, according to the attorney.
The indictment stated Merchia committed two different healthcare fraud schemes. The first was that Merchia had allegedly continued to bill former patients’ insurance companies for the use of sleep apnea machines (the CPAP and BiPap machines) for years after the former patients had stopped using the machines or returned them to Merchia’s office.