Texas Doctor Convicted in $36 Million Tricare Fraud Scheme

A doctor in Texas was convicted this week of defrauding Tricare in a scheme that involved luring patients into taking unnecessary medical tests in exchange for gift cards.

Sekhar Rao, 51, who was the medical director of an outpatient toxicology testing facility called ADAR Group LLC, was convicted by a federal jury of two counts of health care fraud, the Justice Department said in a news release Tuesday.

Rao and others charged in the scheme were accused of filing roughly $36 million in false and fraudulent claims to Tricare between May 2014 and June 2016, according to the indictment against them.

He was found not guilty on a third charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to court documents.

Rao is scheduled to be sentenced in March and faces a maximum 20 years in prison, according to the news release.

Source: Texas Doctor Convicted in $36 Million Tricare Fraud Scheme / yahoo! news

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