Dr. Ravi Murali, 39, pleaded guilty to one of the 12 counts he originally faced under an indictment that was issued in June.
“I prescribed the braces without following (the) procedure of examining and calling the patients,” Murali told U.S. District Judge James Peterson. “That led to unnecessary Medicare billing.”
“Not only unnecessary but you knew it was deceptive and fraudulent, correct?” Peterson asked.
“Yes,” Murali responded.
Asked about the purpose for his actions, Murali responded, “I was just trying to get by.”
Murali now faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in August, but before then it’s anticipated that Murali will provide information helpful to prosecutors who are looking to charge others involved in the scheme. That cooperation, according to terms of a written plea agreement, could prompt prosecutors to ask for a sentence that reflects his help.