Georgia Clinic Owner Sentenced for Healthcare Fraud

Clinic Owner in Norcross, Georgia Sentenced for Federal Healthcare Fraud Charges

healthcare fraudOn Monday, December 22nd, a clinic owner whose business was based in Norcross, Georgia, was sentenced to federal prison for three years for healthcare fraud.

Shinkweon Park, 43, a resident of Suwanee, was convicted in January for submitting false claims to Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Reportedly, the healthcare fraud charges stemmed from billings for acupuncture, physical therapy, and doctors visits starting in April 2010. Acupuncture treatments are not reimbursable through Medicare, and the clinic performed other services that, legally, should have been performed by licensed healthcare professionals; however, employees at the clinic were not licensed to perform physical therapy or general medicine. In addition, the clinic billed for doctors visits that never occurred.

“Park cheated our healthcare system by filing over $2 million in fraudulent claims, diverting precious healthcare resources,” U.S. Attorney for Atlanta Sally Quillian Yates said in a news release. “He is now being held accountable for his crimes.”

“In fact,” a news release said, “the doctor hired by LOMA to serve as medical director of the clinic never examined or treated patients.”

The clinic submitted not only $1.6 million in fraudulent claims to the federal government, but also submitted $475,000 in fraudulent claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield. Park will be required to repay $1.2 million for the healthcare fraud, and will spend 2 years in prison, plus 3 years of supervised release.

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