Thursday, April 28, 2011

The "Craigslist doctor" gets flagged and goes to prison

The U.S. Attorney for New Jersey announced that Yousuf Masood, "a doctor with a practice in Elizabeth, N.J., and his wife pleaded guilty today to a health care fraud scheme in which more than 20,000 patient visits were conducted by individuals posing as licensed physicians for as little as $10 an hour . . . .  Yousuf Masood, 47, and his wife, Maruk Masood, of Warren, N.J., pleaded guilty today to separate Informations charging them each with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  The defendants entered their guilty pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz in Newark federal court.  According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:  Yousuf Masood admitted that he used unlicensed individuals to diagnose and treat patients in his Elizabeth office and billed Medicaid and Medicare as if he had provided the services. As part of his guilty plea, Yousuf Masood agreed to pay more than $1.8 million in restitution and forfeiture based on the fraudulent Medicaid and Medicare billings."

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