Owners of diagnostic firms that falsified reports get prison

AP News
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 4:06 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The married owners of two mobile diagnostic testing companies who knowingly produced thousands of fraudulent medical test reports have received lengthy prison terms.

Federal prosecutors say Nita Patel received a 6 ½-year sentence Tuesday, while Kirtish Patel was sentenced to more than eight years. They must pay more than $4.8 million in restitution.

The Rockaway couple pleaded guilty in November to health care fraud related to their Parsippany, New Jersey-based companies, Biosound Medical Services and Heart Solution PC.

Prosecutors say from 2006 to 2014, the couple created more than 10,000 fraudulent diagnostic test reports that weren't reviewed or interpreted by a physician. They also forged doctors' signatures on the reports and then billed Medicare and private insurance companies.

Authorities don't believe any lives were put at risk in the scheme.