Feds Paid $600K , Allowed Two Ohio Physicians To Avoid Prosecution In Medicare And Medicaid Fraud

CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 4, 2022)— Two Moreland Hills cardiologists agreed to pay $600,000 in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping charges against them, months after a jury found them not guilty of dozens of charges and deadlocked on others.

Dr. Ashis Rakhit and Dr. Jayati Gupta Rakhit, who are married, agreed to the settlement, which included that federal prosecutors not pursue a second trial. The couple had been accused of ordering unnecessary medical procedures for patients to obtain payouts from insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid.

CLEVELAND, Ohio— Two Moreland Hills cardiologists agreed to pay $600,000 in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping charges against them, months after a jury found them not guilty of dozens of charges and deadlocked on others.

Dr. Ashis Rakhit and Dr. Jayati Gupta Rakhit, who are married, agreed to the settlement, which included that federal prosecutors not pursue a second trial. The couple had been accused of ordering unnecessary medical procedures for patients to obtain payouts from insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid.

Investigators accused the couple of running a seven-year scheme in which they prescribed opioids in order to induce patients to undergo tests.

The doctors then ordered and performed the tests and procedures, including nuclear stress tests, cardiac catheterizations, bone density scans, EKGs, carotid artery scans and ultrasounds, according to prosecutors.
 
The Rakhits fought the charges during a three-month trial that ended in October. A jury deliberated for two weeks before finding the doctors not guilty on 47 charges. The jury hung on the remaining 38.
 

Defense attorneys during the trial said prosecutors, however, produced no evidence that the couple agreed to commit health-care fraud and argued they never intended to fleece insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid.

Instead, they said, the couple kept poor records and accused the federal government of getting involved in what should have been a dispute between insurance companies and the doctors.
 
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Source: Cleveland 

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