$650,000 settlement reached with convicted doctor

The US attorney’s office says a 650,000 dollar settlement was reached with Acadian Cardiology LLC, Acadiana Cardiovascular Center and convicted doctor, Mehmood Patel.

Concerning allegations that Patel performed unnecessary medical procedures and billed medicare. Patel was indicted on 94 counts of health care fraud on february 2006. A jury found him guilty on december 30, 2008 of 51 counts of health care fraud.
In june 2004, Patel was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
He was also ordered to pay nearly 400,000 dollars in restitution and a 175,000 dollar fine.

In August of 2006, Our Lady of Lourdes agreed to pay a 3.8 million dollar settlement, and in January of 2008, Lafayette General Medical Center agreed to pay a 1.9 million settlement.

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