WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal jury convicted a New Jersey rheumatologist this week for defrauding Medicare and other health insurance programs by billing for services that patients never received.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Alice Chu, 64, of Fort Lee, owned and operated a rheumatology practice in Clifton. From 2010 through 2019, Chu billed Medicare and other health insurance programs for expensive infusion medication that her practice never purchased. Chu also fraudulently billed millions of dollars for allergy services that patients never needed or received.
Chu was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and five counts of health care fraud. She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14 and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.