Gov. gets $650,000 in civil Medicare fraud case against doctor and 2 businesses

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The U.S. attorney in Lafayette says a $650,000 civil settlement has been reached with a convicted doctor who is serving a prison sentence for performing unnecessary medical procedures.

The Tuesday news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says Acadiana Cardiology LLC and Acadiana Cardiovascular Center also are involved in the settlement.

Finley's office said the settlement was reached after the federal government intervened in a lawsuit a cardiologist filed against Mehmood Patel (meh-MOOD' pah-TELL) and the cardiology businesses. The suit was filed under the federal False Claims Act, which allows people who have witnessed fraud to file suit on behalf of the government and share in some of the recovered money.

Patel was convicted on 51 counts of health care fraud for billing Medicare for unnecessary medical procedures.

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