TYLER — A federal jury took less than two hours on Thursday to find a Dallas businessman who plunged his rural hospital chain into ruin guilty of health-care fraud and conspiracy.
Dr. Tariq Mahmood, 63, was convicted on 15 fraud counts, including aggravated identity theft. Mahmood directed his hospital billing coders to illegally alter underlying diagnoses in more than $1.1 million in claims to the federal Medicare insurance program.
The convictions could carry 20 years or more in prison, but formal sentencing will not take place until sometime next year, authorities said. Prosecutors did not request that Mahmood be jailed, saying there had been no problems with his conduct since he posted bond following his indictment in April 2013.