Wagswoofs – A New York cardiologist is facing allegations of health care fraud and bribery. According to prosecutors, the doctor participated in a scheme where patients were referred to his Brooklyn practice. Once there, their medical records were reportedly falsified, and they were subjected to unnecessary medical procedures, some of which were performed more than 10 times.
Prosecutors have recently unsealed an indictment, unveiling charges and a civil fraud complaint against Niranjan Mittal, a 70-year-old individual.
“We have complete faith in doctors and rely on their expertise,” stated U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in a news release. “However, Dr. Niranjan Mittal, as alleged, has betrayed that trust.”
According to the indictment, authorities claim that Mittal has been paying other medical providers for referrals since 2016. The purpose behind this was to guarantee a consistent influx of new patients. It is worth noting that a significant number of these patients were of limited economic means, covered by government health care programs, and were already in poor health.
According to reports, the patients frequently arrived at the medical facility confused about their referrals. Allegedly, they were then subjected to tests, follow-up visits, and unnecessary procedures. These procedures were primarily centered around clearing supposed blockages in the blood vessels in the patients’ legs.
According to prosecutors, Mittal was accused of instructing his staff to manipulate patients’ symptoms in order to justify the surgeries.
According to the indictment, many patients did not see any improvement in their health even after undergoing 10 or more procedures.
According to prosecutors, Mittal has been accused of fraudulently charging Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers more than $100 million. Alongside this, a civil fraud complaint has also been filed against Mittal and associated entities.
In a news release, IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Thomas Fattorusso expressed the irony of Dr. Mittal’s alleged fraud, highlighting the contrast between his Hippocratic Oath as a doctor and his self-serving actions. Instead of prioritizing the well-being of his patients, Dr. Mittal chose to focus on personal gain and enriching himself.
“Mittal’s alleged schemes lacked any concern for the well-being of his patients, and his practice of subjecting certain individuals to unnecessary procedures is undeniably perilous.”
Mittal faces charges that include conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, as well as health care fraud. Additionally, he is charged with conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute.
If found guilty, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 45 years in prison.