Indian American Physician Couple Convicted of Health Care Fraud

Paramjit Singh Ajrawat and Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat, two Indian American doctors in Maryland who owned and operated a pain management clinic, have been convicted of health care fraud.

A federal jury in Greenbelt Sept. 4 convicted 60-year-old Paramjit Singh Ajrawat and his wife, 57-year-old Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat, of numerous offenses, including health care and wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and aggravated identity theft.

According to reports, the Ajrawats owned and operated Washington Pain Management Center in Greenbelt. According to evidence presented at trial, they filed claims for procedures that were not performed to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

According to a Department of Justice press release, specifically, the Ajrawats performed less expensive procedures but falsely billed for procedures that provided higher reimbursement amounts. They also submitted claims indicating that they had met the requirements for reimbursement, when in fact, they had not met those requirements.

For example, said the DOJ, the Ajrawats submitted claims that P. Ajrawat had performed nerve block injections with the use of an imaging guidance machine, when in fact he neither owned nor used such a machine. The government seeks forfeiture of at least $2.5 million, the proceeds of the scheme. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for Feb. 1, 2016.

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