ROXBURY, NJ – A doctor who ran a clinic in Succasunna pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he conspired, with a co-defendant, to commit health care fraud, officials said.
The doctor, Parminderjeet Sandhu, 66, of Long Valley, and Paramjit Singh, 62, of Ohio, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in federal court, said the U.S. Attorneys Office. It said the men “admitted their roles in a health care conspiracy to bill Medicare and private health insurance companies for medical services fraudulently claimed to have been provided by a licensed medical doctor.”
Sandhu operated Medical Care Associates Urgent Care on Route 10 in Succasunna. He also had offices in Warren County, said officials.
No Longer a Doctor
“From August 2014 through October 2017, Sandhu and Singh caused $2,211,975 to be billed to Medicare and private health insurance companies for medical services claimed to have been provided by Sandhu at Sandhu’s medical practice,” said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
It said that, “In reality, those services were actually performed by Singh, whom Sandhu had hired to treat patients, despite knowing that Singh had lost his license to practice medicine anywhere in the United States.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Sandhu issued prescriptions in his name, including some for opioids, for patients seen by Singh, even though Sandhu never met with the patients himself.”
It said that Sandhu’s medical practice was paid $1,162,253 for treatment fraudulently provided by Singh.
“Dr. Sandhu defrauded Medicare and private insurers – and, worse, put his patients at risk – by allowing those patients to be treated by Singh, a man who had lost his medical license,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “Our office continues to work tirelessly to protect the integrity of federal healthcare programs and to make sure that patients do not suffer unnecessary harm from unscrupulous healthcare providers like these two defendants.”
FBI Newark Special Agent in Charge Gregory Ehrie said, “It's frightening to think that your doctor could be putting your health in the hands of someone who is practicing without a license. Dr. Sandhu put his patients at risk while defrauding them as well as their insurers.”
The men are scheduled to be sentenced in April. If the judge accepts the plea terms, each defendant will be sentenced to 18 months in prison, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
It said Sandhu and Singh have each agreed to pay $1,162,253 in restitution, Sandhu has agreed to forfeiture of $829,561 and Singh has agreed to forfeiture of $332,692.
The men also faced state charges: Singh was charged in 2017 with one count of third-degree practicing medicine without a license and Sandhu was charged with third-degree aiding or abetting another in practicing medicine without a valid license, authorities said.
The disposition of those charges could not be immediately determined.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Ehrie, and the Hackettstown and Roxbury police with the investigation leading to the guilty pleas.
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