Our Georgia and South Carolina healthcare law firm has learned that the United States Department of Justice issued a press release announcing a resolution by settlement of fraud and abuse allegations levied against a Detroit physician, Gerald Daneshvar M.D. Due to our focus on healthcare law, our law firm follows legal developments in the healthcare industry.
Dr. Daneshvar was criminally charged and, following a two-week jury trial, convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. His alleged co-conspirators and co-defendants were Stephen Mason, M.D. and Leonard Van Gelder, M.D. Mason and Gelder plead guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. These doctors were alleged to have worked for Lake MI Mobile Doctors, which provided physician home visits to homebound patients who were Medicare beneficiaries. However, according to the Government’s evidence at trial, Dr. Daneshvar billed Medicare for patient visits where the patient was not really sick or homebound and, along with his codefendants, conspired to bill Medicare at the highest rates even though the patient visits were short or unnecessary. For doing so, these physicians received greater compensation from Mobile Doctors.