Ms. Nita K. Patel, 53, and Kirtish N. Patel, 53, pleaded guilty before the U.S. District Judge in the Newark federal court to falsifying thousands of reports as part of the $4.3 million healthcare fraud scheme. The couple received the money from insurance companies for diagnostics and reports that were never interpreted by a licensed physician.
The accused Kirtish Patel admitted that from the period October 2008 through June 2014, he fraudulently interpreted and wrote diagnostic reports produced by his company – the Biosound despite having no medical license and knowing that the reports would be used by the referring physicians to make imperative patient treatment decisions. Ms. Nita Patel admitted assisting her husband in forging physician signatures on the fraudulently produced reports to make them appear legitimate. The accused couple also admitted of falsely representing to Medicare, the insurance company that the 'neurological' testing performed by Biosound was being supervised by a licensed neurologist.
The health care fraud charge to which Nita and Kirtish Patel pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The case for sentencing the partners is scheduled in March 2016.