Scottsdale, AZ doctor pleads guilty to health care fraud

April 9th, 2010 - 11:25 pm ICT by BNO News  

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (BNO NEWS) – A doctor of Scottsdale, Arizona pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud, U.S. District Attorney Dennis Burke announced on Friday.

Stewart Mann, 58, was a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine and pathology who had a private practice in Scottsdale. He admitted that between March 2005 and January 2009 he billed Medicare for at least $480,000 worth of malignant lesion excisions that were never performed.

“Dr. Mann violated his oath to ‘first do no harm’ to his patients. His admission of guilt for fraud is the result of the partnership between HHS-OIG and this office to investigate and aggressively prosecute those who scam the Medicare system,” said District Attorney Burke.

Dr. Mann told patients that they had lesions on their backs that may be cancerous and needed to be removed. Mann scheduled various removal sessions. In each of these visits, Mann removed one or more of the purported lesions by curetting or shaving them off rather than excising them. However, he billed Medicare for excisions rather than for shaving or curetting because he received more money for the excisions.

In addition, Mann billed Medicare for malignant lesion excisions on dates when the patients did not even have consult. Mann falsified patient records to make it appear that his billings were legitimate.

Dr. Mann faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced on June 21.

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